ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — As COVID-19 cases begin to rise, so does the number of parents homeschooling their children in the Commonwealth,

In the past two years along, more than 20,000 Virginia parents have transitioned their children to homeschooling.

Director of the Home Educators Association of Virginia Yvonne Bunn says Virginia has seen a 93 percent increase over the last decade in the number of students learning at home. She also expects that number to keep rising.

Bunn says that typical homeschooling numbers tend to climb at the start of the year.

According to Bunn, reasons leading to homeschooling include students being bullied; students having learning disabilities; and parents being concerned with their students’ education and health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She says many parents in Virginia are disappointed with their school systems’ virtual learning programs and curriculum.

“COVID has definitely had an impact,” Bunn explained. “I don’t believe we will ever see education go back to the way it was pre-COVID, I think parents see the choices and they have now and they are making them.”

For parents interested in homeschooling their child, click here for resources to help.