The teachers have provided a daily schedule to follow. As much as possible, stick to that schedule. It will provide students and parents the guidance in developing these new routines and a new “normal”. In addition, by implementing the teacher’s schedule, parents can be saved from the headache of trying to rally their child. You can use the teacher’s as great leverage in remote learning and the teachers do not mind if you do! We want to help you be as successful as possible so we don’t mind being the “bad guy”!
Because your child has so much routine and structure within a school day and the school environment, where possible, we recommend you continue to provide the same structure and routine during the closure. Continue to wake students at the normal time, have them dress (uniforms only, just kidding), eat breakfast, and start their school day as they would when school is in session. During the “school day” follow the teacher’s schedule and, during times blocked out for “enrichments” take advantage of all the resources provided on the Enrichment Resource Board. Consider making your own weekly enrichment schedule where you require the student to choose from any of the offerings on the board and complete them, including PE. During blocked recess or lunch times, have them go outside and truly take a break. It is highly recommended students are not on a device during break times. We do not allow that at school, so feel free to continue the same expectation at home. End the school day at the time designated by the teacher and then allow the afternoon and evening to include free time. Some students, particularly middle schoolers, may have homework as well so continue to provide any necessary homework time as well.
Maintaining a “typical” school day routine will not only help manage the remote learning day, but it will also allow for a smoother transition when school resumes.