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Former Nevada State Lawmaker: “We don’t understand what it’s going to do [to our] children”

Patricia Farley, a mother of four and former Nevada state senator, has chosen to go the microschooling route for the 2020-2021 school year. It’s a decision propelled by a family health scare: Her 17-year-old nephew in Phoenix recently wound up hospitalized and on a ventilator with what doctors suspect was Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, which has been linked to COVID-19.

Up until then, he had been a healthy teen and football star, she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“We’re just not ready,” Farley said, referring to reopening schools. “We don’t understand what it’s going to do in children.”

Last year, Farley’s children attended American Preparatory Academy, a charter school in the southwest valley, but, at least for the upcoming academic year, they will be learning from home in a microschool. Farley said she has banded together with five or six other families whose children will become classmates in a microschool based in an extra room in her house.

The families have agreed to share the cost of hiring a teacher, who would make $25 to $40 an hour for a 40-hour work week, said Farley, noting several educators already have expressed interest. If her children excel in the new environment, she would consider microschooling even after the COVID-19 threat has been minimized.

“I have no interest in putting my kids back in a test scenario,” Farley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal of her reasons to explore microschooling. “Between the education platform, the one-on-one with a teacher, the controlled social interaction and not putting my kids in harms’ way, it’s really a no-brainer.”

By teaming up with other families who are also practicing social distancing, and with the support of the Greater Las Vegas Microschooling Collaborative, Farley believes they can offer responsible socialization and a more rigorous curriculum than they could on their own.

Microschools are popping up all over Las Vegas. Now is the time to act! 

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