Mom Carole McHale said the decision was "sort of two-fold” — her daughter was already doing well with online classes, and by remaining at home it would limit risks.
"We're protecting our family, we also want to protect the wider community. If Alice can work from home and be successful, that takes one student out of the mix,” she said.
Alice McHale said although she'll miss some senior moments like the pep rally and prom, she’s convinced that studying online is for her.
She added the family respects her opinion and if she "felt like she could do the hybrid program," they'd let her, but she realized the schedule works, and online learning was best for her.
Her main tipping point, she said, was seeing people her age at parties on social media.
“I know that kids in my grade have not been social distancing,” she said.
The 17-year old is planning to go to college in the U.K. like her brother, and since the pandemic, the political climate and race relations, she will focus on sociology or public policy.
Meanwhile, Moorestown mom Elizabeth Dawson is also electing to keep her son, who enters ninth grade at Moorestown High, at home.
She said her son, Max Dawson, had a positive experience learning remotely towards the end of the previous school year, so they decided to continue with it.
Although she is concerned for his "socializing with others," she plans to get him involved with other kids, perhaps in a "study pod" or other safe outings.
"We discussed it, Max expressed that he'll miss being in school with his friends but I explained it won't be school that he's used to it being,” Dawson added.
Her hope for this year is that her family accept the gifts in this challenging situation.
“I've had more time with him than I've had in ages. We've had more family time with my daughter having family dinners with us,” she added.