FOR PARENTS WITH school-age children, the coronavirus has made this back-to-school season anything but routine. Across the country, parents are wrestling with how and where students should learn and what they need to be successful academically, socially, and emotionally. The Reopening Montana Schools Guidance is a valuable resource that outlines the various scenarios under which education will be operating this coming school year and can be found here.
Planning for In-Person Classes
Going back to school this fall will require schools and families to work together even more than before. Schools will be making changes to their policies and operations with several goals: supporting learning; providing important services, such as school meals, extended daycare, extracurricular activities, and social services.
Teachers and staff will also educate students on limiting the transmission of COVID-19. It will be equally important for families to emphasize these preventative measures and model healthy behaviors at home for continuity.
Planning for Virtual or At-home Learning
An alternative to in-person classes is virtual or at-home learning. In a hybrid model, learning may occur virtually during part of the week and occur in-person for the rest. Or the school year may start with virtual learning but switch to in-person learning for the remainder or certain times of the school year.
Creating a structured schedule with some flexibility is key to virtual learning, along with creating/finding a conducive learning space free of distraction and noise. Parents may also want to talk to school staff to learn more about what they are doing to support connection among students, interactive learning with feedback, building resilience, and social-emotional wellbeing for students who will not be onsite.
Planning for Success Together
Regardless of which option families choose as we enter into an unprecedented 2020-2021 school year, it’s a “new normal” for education; one that technology is playing a key role to facilitate. Teachers and students are staying connected through learning management systems, video conferencing, and other digital educational software. The significance of our connections with one another as individuals, families, and communities becomes ever more important.
Entre is committed to helping our community navigate this “new normal.” We are happy to answer questions, lend advice, cite resources/programs, and guide in any IT buying decisions for the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to hearing from you!