Are We Ready for School?

ARE WE READY FOR SCHOOL???

Ohio’s school districts are preparing for schools to reopen.

The Coronavirus (Covid 19) is causing state and federal government, and school administrators to plan for new ways to provide education for our children. Ways that will protect both student’s and teacher’s health.

The need to protect the health of students, teachers and staff, will bring about major changes that parents and caregivers will need to prepare for.

Plans being discussed include having children attend classes on alternating days, smaller classrooms, remote or virtual learning, social distancing and an increased capability for hand washing.

While these plans may sound simple, putting them into place may be much more complicated.

Smaller classroom sizes are required for social distancing, which may lead to students attending school on alternating days.  Parents will need to have childcare in place for younger children, and prepare for at-home learning so students will be able to keep up with school work. Parents and students must effectively manage their schedules for the days they will be attending school.

There will be more dependence on virtual or remote learning which places extra burdens on school districts, parents, and government to make sure students have the needed computers and reliable high speed internet connections. Hand sanitizer must be available in every classroom to help prevent the spread of infection. Also, if masks are required, will they be provided to students and teachers?

There are so many things to consider in order for our students to continue their education. During and outside of the school year, we have a responsibility to make sure that the learning process continues.  Make sure students are reading daily, practicing math problems, doing scientific exploration and even writing stories or journaling about their experiences.  It’s important that students are exposed to as much of the world as possible through educational programs on TV and computers. Programs offered on TV via stations like PBS, National Geographic, and Smithsonian channels can be very informative. Math, language and other subject tutorials can be found online.  Close-captioned TV can be helpful for reading skills because students can listen and read along.  Be creative when keeping your student’s mind challenged and active.

Most important is being adaptable to the changes that are coming in order to give our students a positive learning experience.

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