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Parent/Supporter Expectations

Create an Optimal Learning Environment

  • Designate a learning space that is distraction-free, and allows your student to access books, take notes, etc.

Begin/End each day with a check-in

  • Discuss what your student is learning and ask questions, like:
    • What are you learning today?
    • How will you spend your time?
    • What project are you working on? What are you learning?
    • What resources do you require?
    • How can I help?
    • For younger children: Check off items as completed -- children love the sense of accomplishment!
    • Review if any of their teachers have office hours that day and write questions down together that may need to be answered.

Establish Routines and Expectations for Learning at Home

  • Establish routines, expectations, and a schedule. Remember it will take some time to adjust - be patient with one another.
  • Balance screen time and non-screen time activities.
  • Minimize distractions if possible.
  • Remain mindful of your student’s well-being. Establish times for quiet and reflection.
  • Keep organized by reviewing with your child grade level assignment calendars and virtual learning platforms for updates and assignment due dates.
  • Write down a schedule for each child (or if appropriate, have your child create a schedule) with built-in breaks for snacks, outdoor movement/ exercise, rest, and play.
  • Check off items as completed -- younger children love the sense of

accomplishment and might also be motivated by short goals.

    • Maintain regular sleep routines and wake times.
    • One challenge for families with multiple children will be how to manage all of their children’s needs. There may be times when siblings need to work in different rooms to avoid distractions. Headphones can be a great tool to help learners focus and avoid distractions.
    • Depending on the devices available in your home you may need to stagger the online work time for each child.

Encourage exercise, creativity, and connections

  • Take brain breaks for physical activity, fresh air, creativity, and connection. Many students miss their peers and a routine or academics and breaks.
  • Regulating Activities

Maintain Social Opportunities for your Children

  • Remember that school is about social interactions as well as academics.
  • Encourage your child to reach out to friends by phone or online so that they stay connected.
  • If available, plan times your child can interact with others safely.

Use Technology Responsibly

  • When completing work online, joining video calls, and/or participating in virtual discussions, students should be sure to:
    • Use respectful behavior and language.
    • Stick to appropriate topic discussions.
    • Send only appropriate video transmissions.
    • Use only the appropriate icon, emoji, and avatar submissions.
    • Wear school appropriate clothing if attending meetings via video.
    • Be honest and use academic integrity by not plagiarizing or copying others’ work
    • Not falsify information about oneself or impersonate others online.
    • Follow norms and expectations shared by teachers