Distance Learning Tips
Establish a Regular Schedule for Your Child & Stay Engaged with their Learning
Once distance learning is initiated by the School, it will be important for parents/guardians/caregivers to help students establish and maintain a routine and structure for their day, beginning with a regular bedtime and wake-up time each day. Establishing a regular school day routine with built-in breaks will help your child retain a sense of normalcy and stay engaged in learning. Reach out to your child’s teacher if you observe your child struggling to stay focused. Setting clear expectations with your child about regular school day hours will help your child maintain a schedule and stay on top of his/her schoolwork.
Create a Study Space for Your Child
Productive learning relies on a conducive environment. We recommend that you create a separate, quiet space in your home for your child to study. The family room sofa with close proximity to a television or your child’s bedroom may not be the optimal place for your child to learn. We recommend that you choose an open area in the family living space (kitchen table, dining room, etc.) to avoid isolating your child and to allow parents/guardians to monitor your child’s learning and screen activity. A room with strong wireless connection will also be important.
Stay in Communication with your Child’s Teachers
Your child’s teachers and the division directors will maintain regular communication with parents/guardians/caregivers. The frequency of the communications will depend on your child’s age, developmental stage, and level of independence. While teachers are available as resources for your child and for you, please keep in mind that our teachers will need to be in regular email communication with all of their families, so we ask that you be mindful when communicating with teachers, strive to be succinct, and focus on the essential. Please use email (not texting) as your primary method of contact with teachers.
Time Management and Developmentally Appropriate Independence
Stay engaged in your child’s learning by asking them questions and having them share their thoughts while encouraging their independence so they can take ownership of their own learning. Some productive struggle is essential to learning, so we ask that parents allow their children to grapple with problems and come up with ideas for tackling them. Stepping in too quickly to help solve problems will deprive your child of the opportunity to learn, try new approaches, and gain greater independence and confidence. If your child becomes discouraged and/or overwhelmed by schoolwork, please reach out to your child’s teachers, advisors, or counselors.
Help your Child Maintain Social Contact with Peers
It will be very important for your child to stay in social contact (through virtual means) with their friends and peers during distance learning periods. Encourage your child to interact appropriately with friends through Facetime/Google Meet/Zoom or through phone conversations if social distancing is required. They can form study groups created by their teachers or informal groups that they develop on their own. Social interactions, such as virtual lunch buddies, will help your child stay connected and feel a part of the School community.
Wellness: Encourage Physical Activity and Movement and Monitor Student Stress
Physical movement and exercise are vital to maintaining physical and mental health, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving concentration and focus for more effective learning and retention. Parents should monitor student stress levels and reach out to the divisional counselor for advice as needed. The health and wellness of our students is of the utmost importance to us, and our PE department will continue to conduct classes virtually in PYC, Lower School, and Middle School. Upper School students will receive workouts and recommendations from CSG’s Wellness Committee.
With the potential of multiple devices being used simultaneously in a home, bandwidth could be taxed. It will be helpful if parents monitor so that one user isn’t streaming or playing video games ( Netflix, Fortnite, etc.) while another is having class via Zoom.