This is going to be an iterative process, and we need to know how parents and students are doing in order to improve. Click here for technical support and click here for student or family support.
This is not home school!
Parents are not expected to teach their children or even understand all that they are learning. A parent’s role is to make sure their children have what they need for class and get them to class. So, please help your child figure out their class schedule and get logged on until they are comfortable doing it independently.
Some children will benefit from making a nightly plan with a parent’s help for how best to spend the next day, and to review progress throughout the day, or just at the end of the day.
Parents of younger children should reach out to teachers with their children if they need extra support or more or more challenging work. Parents of older children should encourage their children to self-advocate and reach out on their own.
Flexibility and Compassion.
We put a structure in place, but we also recognize that parents may need flexibility. We are taking attendance in 1-8, and we expect students to join classes and continue their learning. If some aspect of this is not working in your family, please let us know so we can try to help.
When something doesn’t work out (like a Zoom class gets canceled or you can’t login, or a video can’t upload quickly, or a class left you more confused), it is really normal for a child (and adult!) to feel angry, frustrated and/or sad. Take a deep breath and empathize with your child before you try to problem solve.
Help monitor technology
This period of time will involve a lot more technology than most of our children are used to, and we have not had the time to adequately prepare them for this shift. There are a few easy ways to keep their tech use safe and healthy. We recommend:
Rules: Set family rules about technology use outside of class in terms of time on screens and internet use (i.e. no devices for personal use during school hours.).
Check Often: Check when you can what your child is doing online during school so they are being encouraged to stay as focused as possible on school work. After-school, if you allow your child to use a computer, check as well. Many children are setting up Zoom (video conference tool) get togethers with their friends after school. This can be a wonderful way to stay connected, but know there is no school adult in those meetings. A quick check is a great way to ensure everyone is staying safe online.
Search History: We recommend that you check your children’s search history (even if they are not permitted to be online alone) with some regularity. Decide on and discuss your family’s expectations of privacy.