You have school-age children.
You can't work and provide unless you have some plan for them.
Last term went badly, and so far your school doesn't have anything better in the works for the upcoming term.
The pandemic has been incredibly challenging for working parents, especially single working parents.
Some families are "podding up."
Interest in additional, at-home educational support has flooded social media over the past few weeks. One Facebook group called Pandemic Pods had more than 26,000 members as of Saturday.
The trend is in part a reaction to the general feeling that online school this spring was awful, with disengaged and lonely students, hours of schoolwork, unreasonable expectations for parents and, in many cases, little new learning for children. Parents want this school year to be different. Many of them work and can't manage their kids schoolwork alone.
A learning pod is a small group of families with similar-aged children that agree to do supplementary learning or complete at-home coursework together. Often the families hire a teacher or tutor to lead instruction and help students with assignments.
The hope is kids can have some social interaction with less coronavirus exposure, and the parents don't have to personally manage every day's schoolwork for their child.
"In-home teaching is very attractive to me," said one mother. It allows my son to socialize. It allows my son an actual teacher to come in and give him what I think he needs to be on par with his age group.