Tips for Parents to Support Remote Learning
Adapted from The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents
1. Establish Routines
- Develop a schedule for your child.
- Make sure your child is ready for school each day, even if they are attending remotely.
- Develop plans for taking breaks throughout the day. Be sure your child has frequent movement breaks away from screens
- Continue with typical nighttime routines to ensure your child gets plenty of sleep.
2. Create a Learning Environment
- Set aside a dedicated workspace for each child, ideally outside of their bedroom. They do not need to be alone in that space, sometimes being near a parent or sibling is ideal.
- Try to keep the workspace consistent and keep the supplies needed for learning in that space.
- Establish rules for using the space, including how others in the home should act in that space.
- When students take a movement or food break, it should be outside of their learning space.
3. Learn Google Classroom
- Know how your child logs into Google Classroom.
- Learn the features of Google Classroom so you can support your child. (See the Google Classroom Help Center for more information)
- Find out how your child submits assignments.
4. Follow Zoom Etiquette
- Teachers have specific expectations for students while on Zoom. Help your child by practicing these expectations.
- Know your child’s schedule for live sessions and ensure they are ready five minutes before a Zoom session starts.
- Students should stay in one spot during their class meeting.
- Your child should stay muted unless they are speaking.
- Encourage your child to keep the camera on during class meetings as much as possible. Show them how to hide self-view if they are self-conscious.
- Speak with your child about class sessions and encourage them to reflect on their behavior and participation.
5. Monitor Screen Time
- Make sure to balance screen time with frequent breaks off screen.
- Consider limiting screen time outside of screen time required for class activities.
- Encourage reading books off screen or doing activities on paper.
6. Communicate with Teachers
- Email your child’s teacher if you have questions or if your child needs support.
- Encourage older students to reach out directly to teachers via email.
SAU 39 Resources
- SAU 39 Remote Learning Expectations
- SAU 39 Digital Learning Resources
- SAU 39 Presentation - Jan 2021