Holistic Family Guidelines & Recommendations

Remote learning involves new structures and routines at home. There is a transition period in which students will require assistance adapting. The guidelines below are designed to help families think about what they can do to support their children in a remote learning environment. Please note that if you have particular needs or concerns that arise regarding your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to connect with their teacher(s) directly.

1. Establish routines and expectations

Although students are not on campus, regular hours for schoolwork will help students maintain their focus. Normal bedtime routines are key. Students should take breaks and move regularly as well as engage in physical exercise and quiet reflection times.

2. Establish a physical space for studying and learning

Your child’s regular place for doing homework may not necessarily be the best place for them during distance learning. Public/family spaces rather than a child’s bedroom should be considered, and families should also make sure those spaces provide internet connection and are quiet most of the time. Whenever possible, parents/guardians should be present to monitor their child’s learning.

3. Monitor Home/School Communications

Faculty continues to communicate with families through email as necessary. Frequency and content will vary depending on a child’s age, maturity, and level of independence. We encourage parents to communicate with their children’s teachers as much as necessary, while also being aware that faculty are supporting multiple other families as well.

4. Check in and help your child process

One part of the established routine should be a morning check-in with students (no matter the age). Some suggested questions could be, “What are you learning today? What are your learning goals? What resources and support will you need?” These questions will help your child process what they will need to do for the day and reflect on how they might be able to do it. Our youngest students require a higher level of supervision. Circling back at the end of the day to have a conversation with your child about what they are learning plays a huge role in helping him/her reflect on their learning and strengthen their understanding.

5. Screen time and social media

We continue to work with students and families to provide our teachers and administrators with feedback on how remote learning is going at home. Children will want to maintain contact with friends, and older students will certainly use social media to do so. Social media apps like SnapChat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Discord or TikTok are not school-sanctioned channels of communication during class time. We ask all families to monitor student usage of social media and remind everyone that the school’s expectations for proper technology and social media usage remain in effect. Students will be expected to be polite, respectful, and appropriate in all their communications.

6. Encourage physical activity

Exercise is vitally important to health and well-being, and an excellent stress reliever for all members of the family. Incorporating daily movement into the school day is just as important as academics.