We are a group of parents from all walks of life with many reasons for wanting a Virtual Option. We do not stand for one reason; we stand for all. A Virtual Choice is needed for any family who wishes for this option no matter the reason or status of their children.
"Any reason is the right reason; no reason is the wrong reason."
Covid started it, but it will not end the fight for Virtual.
Why We Need a Virtual Choice
Collecting the days
Governor Murphy said he would meet with us on June 17, 2021. The clock continues to tick.
About NJ Parents for Virtual Choice
We are a group of parents and community members who support Virtual Choice as part of New Jersey's future. One year ago we were faced with the unknown when a pandemic struck. For many it has been a blessing. We come to the table requesting a partnership between all stakeholders as we continue to advocate for our students. There are many valid points of view to this conversation which deserve consideration. Please adopt legislation to have a virtual component in
our New Jersey Public Schools.
"Our kids, Our Choice."
We need a virtual option now!
New Jersey Parents for Virtual Choice is fighting for educational choice options in New Jersey, something that exists in 33 other states but not here. This is not about taking in person education away. Education is not one size fits all and should never be. Our stories are true, our children matter, and we will continue until our voices are heard and options are adopted. In 2023 there is no reason for a virtual option not to exist. "Any reason is the right reason; no reason is the wrong reason."
Why is a Virtual Choice important to us?
We need this for many reasons. Some kids learn better with less distractions, because bullying is a problem, mental health issues or immunity issues, other health issues like severe food allergies and schools still suck at making fair accommodations for these children, and because we parents should have a say and option!
My son has a mental disability and we are unable to afford an online school. Most every other state offers free virtual learning. This is ridiculous that NJ won't help us! I AGREE everyone with any disability should have access to free virtual learning!
Anonymous, Ewing Twp, NJ
My son has been bullied and treated as the problem after nothing was done about the bullying. He's been in crisis twice this last school year and the district made him jump through hoops to be able to get back into school. I'm just trying to do what's best for him.
Anonymous, Mount Holly, NJ
New Jersey Parents for Virtual Choice is a group of parents who have banded together to put all our efforts into trying to obtain a Virtual Choice to be adopted by the State of New Jersey for our Public school system. As of 2023 Thirty-Five other states have now adopted a permanent virtual model to allow the families who need it to do so.
Our New Jersey Government is against this option because they did not have anything in place prior to 2020 and schools failed because they had no model. The responsibilities fall on them not us! This fight is to broaden School Choice and allow learning options to be expanded to all students of New Jersey.
Before & After Virtual School - Ian
Before & After Virtual School -- Ian
Before: Ian was bullied, got suspended, and was even sent to the hospital for an emergency psychiatric screening. Eventually his parents found him a special ed school with a smaller setting, but it was not the right fit and Ian continued to struggle. The school system was failing him.
After: Ian is thriving in the virtual setting. He learns better without the distractions of other students, his sensory issues, his anxiety, or other issues interfering. He has had perfect attendance and participation and perfect grades through this year of virtual school. Ian now has more time to pursue music – his passion! – and he has positive social interactions with his bandmates.
Ian has always struggled with the traditional in-person school setting. Families should have a choice in what works best for our children’s education!
33 states have permanent free public virtual school options. When will New Jersey get with the times and join them? New Jersey needs to offer a virtual choice.
Which story are you?
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“My daughter has a rare genetic syndrome that involves a compromised heart, lungs, and immune system. She is too young to be vaccinated (and a vaccine might not even produce antibodies for her) and her team of specialists agrees that in-person school is unsafe for her. She has an IEP and would lose services if I had to pull her out of the district and homeschool her. Her sisters are also too young to be vaccinated and have been attending remote school as well. Sending them back in person would jeopardize her health.”
33 states have permanent free public virtual school options. When will New Jersey get with the times and join them? New Jersey needs to offer a Virtual Choice!
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New Jersey Parents for Virtual Choice is committed to helping parents obtain Virtual Learning. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today. Your contact request is confidential.