Q&A: Traveling With Online Students

Answer: Enrolling in online school has been made easier for families thanks to the increase of available programs at all academic levels. The most important piece of advice that I would give you is to first contact your children's schools and let them know of your traveling plans. You will have to withdraw your children from their schools before enrolling in a virtual program. As with a traditional school, enrollment may be restricted to the beginning of the school year or other specified enrollment periods.

It will be extremely important that you have access to an Internet connection while traveling as the children will need to view their class syllabus, communicate with their teacher, and attend the occasional live class session (which will vary depending on the school or program you select). Occasional face-to-face meetings with the teachers may be required as well, which is why it is imperative that you discuss your travel arrangements with the online school prior to beginning any program.

The virtual classroom typically offers both individualized instruction from a certified teacher and flexible scheduling. Depending on your travels, your children should be be able to work at their own pace on a schedule that accommodates your family's needs. You can expect that your children will need to spend approximately 3-5 hours per day on their schooling. It is also important to remember that in addition to your children having access to their teachers via e-mail, phone, or live sessions, you will play a vital role in their online educational success.

Christi WilsonChristi Wilson is a credentialed teacher of highly-gifted students in Northern Nevada. She has 11 years of classroom teaching experience, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in education leadership, and has even taught K-12 education online. A mother of three busy boys, she knows how important it is to keep students engaged in the classroom and interested in a lifetime of learning.