Letter to Parents/Guardians During Virtual Learning

Parents and Guardians:

During this difficult time of transitioning to virtual learning there are critical things you are able to do to ensure your child is successful. 

  • Build a Daily Schedule

It is so important to create a daily schedule. When your child attends school they have a designated time they must be up and ready, eat breakfast, attend classes, go to lunch, have recess, ect. Have a time to wake up, eat breakfast, and log into their learning management system. Don't forget that your child also attends specials and, ESL, EC, speech/language, OT services! A sample schedule could look like:

7:30 - Wake up
8:00 - Eat breakfast
8:30 - Check teacher website and assignments for the day. Create a checklist of the daily activities that must be completed.
9:00-10:00 Work on classroom teacher assignments (ELA & math)
10:00-11:00 Work on supplemental classroom activities such as EC classwork, ESL, speech/language or Imagine Learning/Imagine Math
11:00-11:30 Choose a specialist's work to complete (STEM, music, library, art!)
12:00 Lunch

  • Set up a Workspace

This is difficult for staff and students involved in digital learning. We are used to having our desks and supplies in their own spot within the classroom. Find somewhere in the house that your child can create a productive learning space. I know for me, this is not in my bedroom! I know that I am productive at the kitchen counter. Find somewhere that is away from distractions with good lighting to complete assignments.

  • Familiarize Yourself with the Learning Management Systems

It's important for students and parents to learn what platform their teachers will be utilizing during digital learning days. Learning management systems can mean SeeSaw, Google Classroom, Zoom, Flipgrid, Class Dojo, Remind, or any other application or website the classroom teacher has decided to use. These websites will have assignments, assessments, and contact information. Please make sure that you, as well as your child feel comfortable using these tools.

  • Build Relationships

The hardest thing for everyone will be maintaining our relationships with each other. We (the teachers) are best used in these times as the teacher and the expert in our content areas. Please reach out to all teachers and service providers that work with your child. We are here to help and want to see your child succeed. Look on teacher websites for contact information. Every teacher is available by email. Some may also have contact through their learning management system, text, or phone call. 

- Brooke Waters

Ideas from: Sarah Cornelius at https://blog.edmentum.com/back-virtual-school-5-things-parents-can-do-support-students-virtual-courses