How would losing the physical meeting place affect those coming from unstable home environments?
The physical school building can be a place of refuge for students living in abusive or otherwise unstable households. Does moving away from physical meeting spaces hurt or help these populations?
Michael Kaechele commented
Many families where both parents work use school as free daycare. They may (or may not!) value education, but can not afford to have their children home without supervision studying on-line year round. They need schools for the free meals and daycare on top of the education.
Not to mention the difficulty faced by a student trying to maintain the necessary technology to connect to a virtual school. When a parent pawns the computer, what happens to the virtual student?