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Here are some tips from Hays CISD as we prepare for the upcoming school year:Things Parents Can Do to Support Students in Virtual Learning and Returning to School
- Build a Schedule. Traditional school days provide students with plenty of structure. Virtual learning actually requires more organization skills to keep up with assignments and grades.
- Prepare your student for returning to school in a virtual learning environment by providing support for a planned check-in with the teacher, assignment log, and schedule. The more organized students are during virtual learning, the more organized they will be after they return to school. As a side note, parents find they are also more engaged and organized as well.
- Set up a designated workspace that is free from distractions. If necessary, create a different workspace than the one used in the spring semester. This is important for those students who are continuing virtual learning. A new workspace can seem more permanent for the school year. It can be considered their classroom.
- Keep a structured school day, including consistent “get up” and “go to bed” hours. Due to more relaxed schedules during the end of the spring semester and long summer, students may not be used to a home schedule for getting up, eating breakfast, getting dressed, getting their supplies ready and starting their assignments. During times of virtual learning, treat each day as if your child is going to school. Include in the virtual school day schedule short breaks, fresh air, family engagement and limited time playing video games and surfing the internet. Please monitor your child’s usage of the non-school related internet and social media during virtual learning, as you would any time they are on their devices.
- Get to Know the Virtual Learning Platform. Hays CISD students will be getting assignments through Schoology during the 2020-21 school year. You will learn more about it from your childs’ teachers.
- Stay in contact with your student's teachers and ensure your child has all contact information for all his/her teachers during virtual learning. Sometimes waiting too long to call allows a small issue to grow into a larger one. The 3 weeks of virtual learning or the continuation of virtual learning in 2020-21 will not be the same as last spring. Students will receive grades, be responsible for assignments, and take classroom assessments. Keep in mind, teachers will be teaching on a schedule, too. If you have questions, create a list of them; when you are in contact with the teacher, you won’t leave any questions out.
- Student to Student communication is important during virtual learning. Connecting with friends in school is one reason students like to go to school. Families can become familiar with the other students and families from their child’s cohort class group from school.
- Before September 28, find a comfortable mask for your child and let them practice wearing it. Masks should fit over the nose and go below the chin. Some children have not worn a mask for long periods of time; this will be new to them. Support them in this new adventure of wearing a mask for longer than they may be used to.
- Prior to a return to in-person instruction, parents need to prepare their children for a different school experience than from last year. You can talk to your child about the importance of following the safety guidelines in school and on school buses, physical distancing, mask wearing, and personal hygiene. The more positive you are, the more positive your child will be. There are age-appropriate stories you can read to your children, and/or give older students materials to read about COVID and public health before returning to school. It is especially important after your child returns to face to face instruction that you do a periodic check in with them to see how they are doing. Please contact your child’s counselor if you have concerns about them.