My son was in the Pre developmental preschool at the public school in our district last year. My son is autistic and really benefits from being in school early. This year, they started the year online, which actually worked well for us. When our school district decided to go back in person (well before it was safe and well before most of the other districts), the only options that were given to us for our 4 year old is to come back to school in person or withdrawal from school. All children in public school were given the option to be remote with the exception of the pre-k kids, because the online system in place is for K-12 only. This left us with the unfortunate option of having to pull him out and do nothing and learn nothing until it was safe to go back in person.
I found out about the ESA (Empowerment Scholarship Account) program from some of his therapists that he works with (ABA & Speech) and we sent in an application. A month later we were approved to be in the program. We are so excited for the option to be able to continue learning during this time. We are so thankful that we have choices on the kind of education that our son receives.