Today, the Mayor and Chancellor announced that DCPS will working in an all virtual capacity for at least the first quarter of the year. While we all look forward to the time when we can be back in the building together, we must do our best to be setup for a successful start of the year from home.
What you can do now:
Visit the ReopenStrong website for the latest information from DCPS concerning the start of the 20-21 school year.
Fill out the DCPS Tech Survey so that we can be sure that every student who needs a device can be given one.
Calendar some time for upcoming Parent University options. Of note, Canvas (DCPS’ learning management system) will be new for most students and families this year. It will be used to track daily student attendance, and a training for families will be available on 8/20.
Continue to read the weekly updates from Principal Lutz carefully.
We know that a virtual learning setup will require supplies and materials beyond what many homes have at their disposal. More specific supply lists will be released during the week of August 10th. We do have the following materials on order for all students, and a schedule for pickup of these materials will be communicated at a future time:
FunDations at-home kits for students in K-2
A personal whiteboard and marker for use in online lessons
Hard copies of Eureka Math resources
Other materials may be available for families on an as-needed basis. If necessary for your family, technology needs should be supported by DCPS – use the DCPS Tech survey link to request those resources.
Reminders for setting a safe digital environment for your child
Set parental controls for your devices, including password protections. If you don’t know how to set the parental controls, it is easy to google the steps. Use phrases like “Set up iPad parental controls.” Don’t forget things like Netflix, Youtube, and Amazon accounts. If using a recent Apple Device, search for “Screen Time” on your device to manage a broad array of settings.
Have your students set up in a common area like the kitchen, dining room, or living room. If space is an issue, store everything in a container that you can tuck away at night and bring out in the morning. Don’t let your students take technology into bedrooms or secluded spaces.
Set a timer to monitor screen time. Discuss it with your students ahead of time and set a limit together. Give a warning of when screen time is set to end. Talk about the difference between school screen time and fun screen time. If your student is having a hard time getting off screen time, talk about what the behavior looks like and why they think it’s happening, and if they think a break is necessary. Also talk about all the things you can do after screen time, like reading, playing outside, and being creative!
Kids watch their adults screen use. If they see you using screens outside of work time, they will have a hard time understanding why they should monitor their use. Use screens together to talk with family and friends, watch movies, and read books. Then put the screen down and get outside to play or build something together as a family!
Create a free account with Great Minds to access all of the Eureka math materials free of charge. Add the product code H00630708 to your account to get access to the “Homework Helpers” product that has supports specifically for parents!
DC Department of Parks and Recreation has many free online videos for ways you can keep fit from the comfort of your home. Social Distancing With DRP! Or try an online yoga for families or other exercise video and get your whole family moving.
Smithsonian museums you can visit virtually can be found here.