Guidelines to Help Parents and Students Attending Virtual School
1. Have a designated and neatly organized school area in each student’s room with a desk, computer, learning materials, and school supplies.
2. Display the Parent/Student Remote Learning Agreement above each desk.
3. Develop a set of expectations for the child and formalized basic rules, consequences, and privileges. It serves as a daily reference to remind the student of the rules they’d agreed to for effective at-home learning.
4. Post a daily schedule or routine. This includes what time they wake up, a checklist of tasks that make up their morning routine, and what time schoolwork starts. This schedule should include exercise, breakfast, showering, and getting dressed, as well as small household chores, personal devotions, lunchtime and dismissal time.
5. An Up-to-Date Calendar with Zoom* Lesson sessions. Hold your student(s) accountable for attending all of their virtual classes.
6. Cell phone, TV, and other digital distractions are strictly prohibited during school hours,
7. A break of five to fifteen minutes may be taken, as teachers allow, as long as the student doesn’t disturb their siblings.
8. At the end of the learning day, each student is required to return their books and supplies to specific locations and to file completed work in the proper folders and binders.
9. As motivation, we strongly suggest that parents provide incentives to their children for adhering to their schedule and school rules, i.e. small rewards, personalized for each student. Suggestions include a favorite type of gum or candy, a treat from the frozen yogurt shop, lunch with their grandmother, or small amounts of spending money. (Note that by limiting the number of rewards listed, you help limit the amount of stalling or dawdling a student can do while making his or her choice!)
10. It’s important to specify the negative consequences of not following school rules. Depending upon the age of your children, other approaches might include timeouts, loss of privileges, or shortened TV or gaming time.
11. Provide tech support instructions in case of “technical difficulties” while the parent is unavailable. If your children are younger, you may want to make “Call Mom” or “Call Dad” the first step!
12. List the times and links to resources such as help desks (Ignitia). Let’s help our children succeed!
By organizing vital information in one place, you empower your children to learn to be self-sufficient. Remember, parent follow-up plays an important role in this learning process, but every effort you make will pay off in the long run when your students begin to take charge of their education and demonstrate personal responsibility!
*or other similar platform.