Louisiana Department of Education releases virtual learning guides for families and educators

Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 3:35 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. - Talking about virtual learning and seeing it in action are two different things.

Now that many kids are spending some or all of their school week online, it’s hard to know exactly how to make their routines efficient.

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has created a new set of resources to help support virtual learning. It takes out some of the legwork for parents and teachers to figure out how to help guide young minds online.

One of the most important parts of this new school year is keeping to a routine so the possible transition to in-person class is smoother. The department has put together sample schedules of how the day should look for kids from grade levels pre-k to high school.

“COVID-19 has forced more teachers and students online than ever before,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley. “We want to ensure students continue to receive high-quality instruction, and we are taking a lead role to improve online teaching and learning.”

Overall, the structure of the schedule is flexible, so you and your kid can find the best routine for your family, but the activities listed point you in the direction of the day’s expectations.

Print out the sheet or write down something similar in your child’s planner. That way, they know exactly what needs to be accomplished.

Of course, questions and uncertainty are normal at a time like this. How will my child access online learning? How will my kid’s progress be monitored? The department has answered these questions and more in its virtual learning guide.

The answers to the questions may help you better understand what’s expected of your child this school year. While these aren’t specific to any school, you can even use these questions and answers as a guide to talk with your child’s teacher about any additional concerns.

“When school buildings first closed in March, educators responded with their best virtual options available at the time,” said Dr. Brumley. “Nothing will fully replace the instruction and engagement students receive from a quality teacher in the classroom. With more time to plan and with the support of the department, I’m confident virtual instruction will take a large step forward for our students and families this fall.”

There are resources and tool kits available for students with disabilities, as well. One example is this family toolbox. This provide specific tips and help for you to create the best learning environment for your student with disabilities.

The department also lists a visual timer as a tool parents can use to help keep a child more focused on the task at hand. The department also suggests you reward your child after they accomplish the task on time.

There are many more free resources available to help your family have a smooth transition into this new school year. Learn more at Louisianabelieves.com.

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