Establish a routine - Since we are following the same daily schedule that we would if students were in the building, continue normal school routines at home such as getting up in the morning, getting ready for school, lunch breaks, and bedtime routines. It will be tempting for students to sleep in or game during this time at home.
- Set up a “school / work zone” in your home - As you consider where to have your student work each day, think about what is most conducive to learning and interacting with teachers. Students should not video conference from their bedrooms and should ensure the background visible to others is appropriate for students and teachers.
- Limit distractions such as phones, social media, and TV.
- Hold students accountable to complete all coursework, including assessments, with academic integrity. This is their learning and their future. Using other sources (person, print, online) only hurts their relationship with the Lord and damages their integrity.
- Take breaks to get up and move - After a class has logged off for the day or during a study hall, have your student take a break to get up and move. Maybe it’s a few minutes outside shooting hoops, maybe it’s a quick snack, maybe it’s a moment to visit with you - do something to take a break from the screen and sitting.
- Be patient and full of grace - Reach out if you need help, let us know if you’re struggling, stay connected to your local church or small group for ongoing support, and most importantly recognize this is unchartered territory for all of us. When tempted to be anxious or have a complaining heart, take time to reset and spend time in God’s word. He knew we’d be here and He knows exactly what you are feeling. Who best to comfort you than the Great Counselor.
- Be flexible - None of us know what will happen over the course of the next three weeks of distance learning and working from home. We may have to make some difficult decisions in the near future about the rest of the school year and planned events at school. I am praying this is not the case but I trust the Lord that He has our best interests at heart and if we are called to stay home, it is for good reason.
- Download Zoom - Teachers will be using Google Meet (part of our Google Academic Suite) or Zoom for video conferencing. The two tools are very similar so the tips shared below can apply to both. Student Tips for Participating in Online Learning
Ensure students follow guidelines to slow the spread of coronavirus by avoiding social gatherings of 10 or more. Students are going to miss their friends and need us, as adults, to help them stay within the boundaries of social gathering guidelines. All IHSAA and IGHSAU sports are now in a prohibited period for practice, competition, and sanctioned activity until the closure is lifted. This prohibition means no in-person contact for the duration of the period. See the White House Coronavirus Guidance for more information.
Reporting Attendance. Please continue to report absences through the online attendance form and have students obtain missing schoolwork from teachers like they would during any other absence in the school year. In light of the situation, absences for illness related to the coronavirus will be exempt from the 10-day absence rule outlined in the student handbook.