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Why you should think twice before starting a 'pandemic pod' for your kids instead of school in the fall

Why you should think twice before starting a 'pandemic pod' for your kids instead of school in the fall
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As families weigh their children's schooling options for the fall, those who can afford it are considering forming "pandemic pods."




A pod is a small group of students that meets regularly with a private instructor and can cost anywhere from $60,000 to $125,000 for the year.




Education experts say there are drawbacks to the concept, including widening the divide between low- and high-income students, difficulties in finding a "one-size-fits-all" teacher, and developing backup plans if the private educator develops the coronavirus.




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After months of running their architecture firm from home while taking care of their two-year-old daughter, Ruth Zapata and her husband were desperate to come up with a formal childcare plan for the fall.
They felt uneasy about sending their daughter, Isabella, back to her daycare center in Jersey City due to the coronavirus risks.
Instead, like many parents across the US, Zapata considered forming a "pandemic pod." The concept involves families recruiting a small group of kids who are close in age, live near one another, and whose families take similar quarantine precautions. The parents either trade off teaching or hire a private educator. Families can spend anywhere from $60,000 to $125,000 for the year.
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