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Parents transition to home educators as school closures extended

Posted at 10:54 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 23:54:22-04

Under the latest executive order from Governor Abbott, schools will be closed until May 4. However, the learning must go on.

For the first time ever, mom of two Brittany Thornton is not only a working professional, she is now a home educator.

"Having that be a priority," said Thornton. "We are putting their school work right now over even chores."

She is s not alone. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents across the country are now mom, dad and teacher.

"It's been interesting and, you know, especially with this because it's not like regular homeschooling where you can still do activities or there's, you know, community sports that you can take your kids to do and things like that," explained Thornton.

Veteran homeschooler and mom of six Stephanie Bodak Nicholson had some advice for parents.

"Think outside the box a little bit and realize that learning can happen in all kinds of ways," she said. "The weather has been mostly beautiful. It's a really great time to focus on science, write grandma a letter."

The governor's executive order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants.