Educational Options and Considerations for RV Families
It is estimated that nearly one million people live in an RV full time in the United States. Most of the time, when people think about permanent RVers, they think about retired couples and/or Snowbirds. While there is no doubt that a significant percentage of permanent RVers are retirees, there is a growing trend with families adopting the RVer lifestyle before retirement.
There are certainly different considerations for families with children in deciding if permanent RV life is meant for them. One of the first that comes to mind is their children’s educational needs. While some RVers in this situation homeschool, there are those who chose to spend school months in a trailer park and have their children attend a nearby school. With the temperate winter weather, many people flock to the warmer climates for these months. Popular choices include Florida, Arizona, and Los Angeles RV parks.
Setting down roots during the school year allows families to have a sense of community and predictability during the school year and the freedom to travel during fall or spring breaks, holidays, and summer. For many, this option is particularly helpful when their children want to be involved in sports, extracurricular activities, or even have special needs that make homeschooling more challenging.
Some California-loving families choose to take an approach that is somewhere in the middle. While living in an RV park in Los Angeles, they use an online public charter school as their curriculum and instruction provider. This gives them the ability to be more flexible with their choices and serves to help parents who might otherwise feel less confident in acting as their child’s teacher.
Of course, it is important to note that having adequate internet connection for school work is needed. Additionally, parents of RV families work remotely. As such, there needs to be suitable internet options available from which to choose. Some RV parks have WiFi available for use. If this is the case, it is best to subscribe to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider, since these WiFi networks are not secure. VPNs allow users to sign into a public network without compromising their data.
Another option for RVers is to use cellular data and a hotspot. Doing so allows them the flexibility of having coverage whether they are on the move or in an RV park and the security of their network that they would have at home.