Weeks from schools reopening, parents consider home school and remote learning options

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The start of the school year is just a month away in Buncombe County, but more parents could opt for homeschooling because of safety concerns.

“We believe parents are capable,” said Matthew McDill, executive director of North Carolinas for Home Education. “They don’t have to know all the subjects, they don’t have to create the whole curriculum. There’s wonderful curriculum out there, there’s great resources. ”

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“Every family’s struggling with what is safest for them,” said Brandon Rice, the distance learning coordinator for Buncombe County Schools.

The district’s worked to ensure campuses are as safe as possible, while also improving online offerings. Rice said remote instruction is only one option. The digital learning team’s also tripled the capacity for the district’s Virtual Academy, which gives students a more personalized experience.

“Virtual Academy is asynchronous and is designed for families who plan to stay virtual for a longer term,” Rice said.

Districts lose funding when families home school.

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