With school sites closed, teachers and families face a reality many could barely imagine just a month ago. Parents may be overwhelmed by working, feeding, supervising, and entertaining their children, combined with the overall stress of protecting the safety of their family.
Educators are working diligently to provide quality education remotely while simultaneously learning new on-line tools and platforms to keep students engaged.
Students are adjusting to a different learning schedule, while struggling with the loss of peer connection and school events they excitedly looked forward to taking part in.
In her article, “Distance Connected Learning” Coordinator of Learning Support Services for Humboldt County Office of Education, Rosie Slentz, gives her insights and strategies for adjusting to the new environment we all are becoming accustomed to.
She emphasizes that learning is going to look and feel different and we should not worry. Everyone is navigating and adapting. If you are a parent who needs support, communicate with the teacher. The more feedback received, the better schools can improve their distant learning program. Staying engaged is key to student, school, and family success as we navigate this new realty.
We are in this together. Humboldt County Office of Education will continue to partner and support local districts to improve upon distant learning programs, services, and supports for schools and families in our community. We have resources available for everyone and update our site daily at hcoe.org/covid-19.