Learn at home parent information - phase 2

Learn at home parent information - phase 2
Posted on 04/05/2020
Phase 2 Learn at home review
Here are the curricular areas we will be focusing on in phase 2, along with the number of hours of study for those curricular areas - Phase 2 Learn at Home Review - Student Learning Hours.pdf

Also, Here are 10 suggestions to help parents support their children’s success while learning at home.
1 - Establish routines
Establish a schedule for learning that reflects the needs of family members. A regular routine will support everyone. Make sure the schedule allows time for learning, meals, encourages movement, breaks for physical activity, creative play and keeps normal bedtime routines. 
2 - Identify a work space
Establish a space where learning can happen regularly and works for you and your child, recognizing the needs of all family members. The nature of the space will look different in every home – desks, kitchen tables, bedrooms or floor spaces are all possible depending on the amount of time and nature of the learning.  
3 - Communication with teachers
Educators will communicate regularly through email, or phone for those who do not have access to the internet. Communication will be age and grade appropriate; with younger children, communication will be with parents. At the secondary level, communication will mainly be directly with the student. The frequency of these connections will be based, in part, on your children’s needs. As always, parents who have questions can email the teacher.
4 - Regular Check-Ins
Parents are not asked to become teachers, but can check-in with your child to see how their learning is going. Where possible, help them understand instructions, organize themselves and set priorities. Sometimes, just encouraging conversation about the learning helps to clarify the task for the learner. Parents can engage in their child’s learning with questions such as: What are the learning goals or big ideas? What resources do you require? What support do you need? What question would you ask the teacher for clarification? Have you asked a friend in the class for their interpretation? As always, please contact your teacher for assistance and clarification. 
5 - Help your children own their learning
Group discussions, asking questions, and collaboration are part of a normal school day. Students can use phone calls or texts to chat with friends. Student work is usually a combination of independent work and collaboration with peers. There are many resources available to support your child’s learning. To make it easier for you, the OCDSB has created a list of Additional Online Learning Resources and Special Education Resources for OCDSB Learn At Home .  If you are concerned that your child is struggling with their learning, please contact your child’s teacher for assistance.
6 - Access to Student Email and Accounts
Every student has an OCDSB email account. Only students in grades 4 through 12 can access their email outside of the school environment. Students in Gr 4 - 6 can send and receive email internally and students in Gr 7 - 12 can send and receive email external to the OCDSB domain. The district uses a single sign-on approach - students have one login and password to access email, Google Classroom, Google Meets, D2L, the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the Student Portal. Students can locate the resources they need through the Student Portal. If your child does not know how to access their OCDSB email account or password, they can contact their child's teacher who will assist in resetting it.
7 - Protecting Privacy
We encourage parents to review privacy settings on any device a student will be using to increase safe use by the student. Technology applications that students are using for learning that have not been endorsed by the teacher or school board should have a parent review the privacy and security features, in advance of using it. Here is some parental privacy control information which you might find helpful. We would also ask that you be respectful of the online work that students and teachers share and that you do not share this work with others or on social media platforms without first obtaining consent.
8 - Encourage physical activity
Movement and exercise are vitally important for health, well-being and learning. Frequent breaks for movement are encouraged. Remember that students are accustomed to recess/nutrition breaks/Daily Physical Activity (DPA) and gym class. Allowing time for physical activity supports more focused time for learning.
9 - Be mindful of your child’s stress or worry
Your continued attention to your children’s questions and concerns is important. Continue to monitor and limit exposure to media. You can be supportive by listening, validating their worries and concerns, and reassuring them that this situation is time-limited. Here are some resources you might find helpful: Talking about COVID-19 and Talking to your Anxious Child .  
10 - Stay social, but set guidelines
If your child uses social media to connect with peers, encourage responsible use of technology – being respectful and appropriate in communicating with others is very important. Here is a link to some social media guidelines for kids. 
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