OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A Facebook group in the greater Omaha area that helps parents interested in home schooling has been getting a lot of attention lately.
HOME stands in this group for homeschooling in the Omaha metro for everyone. It helps interested parents guide through the homeschooling process, and as COVID-19 numbers rise in our schools, more and more parents are joining the group.
As COVID-19 spreads in schools in the area, some have closed classrooms and quarantined students and teachers. Parents on both sides of the masking problem are unsure how this COVID-controlled school year will play out.
Lisa Ucman, who home schooled her children long before the COVID outbreak, says this is best for her family.
“We also had several young children in a short period of time, so the flexibility was very tempting … so we could work our schedule for ourselves and work with our family’s rhythm,” she said.
Ucman, a former teacher, is one of the homeschooling administrators on the HOME Facebook group. It helps parents learn more about homeschooling.
She said the number of interested parents has increased since the virus broke out.
“We have several people joining the group every day, as I said, for a variety of reasons. Our group has more than doubled in size in the last 18 months just because of all these things, ”said Ucman. “There are parents who move because they fear that their children will not be safe in school as infections increase; and there are parents who have the strong feeling that they don’t want their child in a mask all day. … They both want the best for their child. “
Ucman has been home teaching her children for nine years. One of her four has already graduated. Another, Claire, is in fourth grade.
The HOME Facebook group has 3,400 members. Ucman said there are plenty of people out there who will answer parents’ questions and guide them through the process.
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