In some ways, homeschooling can provide some relief for students who struggle with the rigid structure of in-person schooling. However, the stress of homeschooling can become an issue for students learning at home in an online public-school environment as well. Dealing with more schedule ownership, less inherent social interaction, turning their home environment into a learning environment, and navigating new learning models and methods can all incite stress in homeschooling students.
It’s also worth noting that there is a significant threat of homeschooling stress on parents, who are responsible for administering and supervising much of their child’s education, even if their student is enrolled in online school. In fact, recent studies coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic found that parents who were helping their students learn at home showed “significantly higher levels of psychological distress and work/social impairment compared to those who were not homeschooling or had no school-aged children.”
Although there are many advantages to online school, schooling at home can be stressful and have a negative effect on the student's learning and family environment if stress isn't addressed and managed.