Parental Guidelines for Virtual Learning
1. Establish routines and expectations
It is important to develop good habits from the start. Create a predictable and structured routine. Help students get up, get dressed and prepared for the day with a positive attitude. It is important to remember that virtual learning students are expected to follow the same classroom routines and procedures as in-person learning students.
2. Choose a good place to learn
Your family’s regular learning space for occasional homework might not work for extended periods. Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection. Make sure an adult monitors online learning. Keep doors open, and check in with your student throughout the day.
3. Stay in touch
Teachers will mainly be communicating regularly through Google Classroom and emails. Make sure everyone knows how to find the help they need to be successful. Stay in contact with your child’s lead teacher and support teachers but understand it may take a day for them to respond. If you have immediate concerns, please call the school office.
4. Help students ‘own’ their learning
No one expects parents to be full-time teachers or to be educational and content matter experts. Provide support, encouragement, and expect your children to do their part. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’t help too much, because becoming independent takes lots of practice.
5. Begin and end the day by checking-in
In the morning, you might ask:
- What materials do you need?
- What can I do to help?
At the end of the day you might ask/say:
- How far did you get in your learning tasks today?
- Show me that your all assignments are turned in for the day.
- What could we do to make tomorrow better?
Not all students thrive in distance learning; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure. These check-in routines can help avoid later challenges and disappointments. They help students develop self-management and executive functioning skills that are essential for life.