'Microschools' Offer Parents an Option Amid Uncertainty

Nancy Harty
August 01, 2020 - 12:29 pm

    (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Micro schools are popping up as more districts plan for remote learning this fall.

    In Highland Park, a team of parent volunteers is working to help parents find childcare pods for their students.

    North Shore School District 112 is offering parents a choice between a hybrid or entirely remote experience for the district’s 4,000 elementary and middle school students.

    Jen Luby is among a dozen parents working with a tech developer so that parents can connect with others to form small groups at each grade level, helping families balance e-learning and work.

    The free platform will also offer suggestions on commercial spaces where the pods can meet.

    The micro school team came together in the last two weeks and is working with the goal of keeping students enrolled in the public schools instead of leaving for private options, Luby tells WBBM Newsradio.

    Parents should be able to fill out profiles by the end of next week, and pod-matching would follow the week after.

    More than 400 parents have already shown interest in the platform, which is available to everyone in District 112. They will have instructions in English and Spanish, Luby said.

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