Caring for the Education Community during COVID-19: How Schools Can Partner with Families during Distance Learning - Shared screen with speaker view
lack of technology in the homes
Students not always motivated to respond.
Need for additional supports for Parents & families experiencing grief and loss
Parents cannot read in English, so cannot help their child with schoolwork
Lack of Hot Spots and Connectivity for Distance Learning
lack of internet... especially ESOL students
The biggest barrier I am encountering is the lack of investment from students and parents.
capacity of families emotionally to deal with learning (food insecurity, loss of job, other stressors)
Ways to communicate with families. Using email primarily and *67 when I need to call family using my personal cell.
How to engage with kids not interested in contact through computer. MLSD
Difficulty reaching some of our Refugee Communities due to limited translated materials in Swahili, Karen, etc
Unable to speak with parents and lack of tech support for students
parents are overwhelmed by other factors and may not be able to provide school support right now
Responding to individual family’s needs. For example, some may find my sending out activities comforting, while others may find being involved with school one more burden and stressful.
Lack of Technology has been difficult, and not being able to reach them during food/resource give outs.
Parent experiencing extreme overwhelm while serving "Coronavirus Triple Duty" of working, parenting and co-teaching
Nurse, Social Worker and School Physciologis have a Google Classroom and post there to stay in touch with our students.
Some learning that it can be triggering for families when districts provide suggested schedules
We have a very active Parent Association. I wonder if there are better ways to leverage families/parent leaders to help other families.
Aiyana Brooks: We are working on that with our PTA leaders in our area.
MS/HS kids seem to be having to connect all day long and are checking into classes every day (normal school day hours)
@Heather - What are some things you've done? I'm a parent on the PA Board, and we want to do more but don't want to overstep the administration.
most of our leaders are in touch with their principals and we are encouraging continuing the partnership. Parents needs to know they are not alone in their struggle and need to connect with each other still. Are you on the PTA/PTO FB group? Lots of ideas to engage the school community there with art "contests", parent and teacher projects (guess the pet/baby picture), fun "challenges"
Thanks @Heather Ashwell. Those are great ideas. I'm on a private school FB group, but not on a general PTA FB group. Is there a link?
Weekly calls, text messages with resource information
Helping our families establish routines and schedules - sending out weekly resources
zoom meetings and communication with my students as well as parents
Snail mail supportive cards to at-risk students
Work on Google classroom. Continue to email families of students that are "absent" and update Facebook page
Another co-worker gave this idea email students on their bdays!
I am sending handwritten notes to my students. It will take awhile because there are 120 of them, but I want them to know that I am thinking of them.
That's a nice idea Melissa Ray
Care packages to lower income families