Escambia, Santa Rosa homeschooling rises in pandemic. Here’s why

The number of homeschoolers in Florida has spiked in a dramatic way since the start of the pandemic.

The state saw an overall 35.2% increase in the number of homeschoolers between 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, according to the Florida Department of Education. 

But the increases were even steeper in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

The counties both experienced over 60% increases in the number of children being homeschooled between the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.

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Now, some local parents who began homeschooling their children because of the spread of COVID-19 do not intend to send their children back to traditional schools, despite their abating fears over the virus.

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