Tips, Strategies, and Educational Resources for Parents During Social Distancing

Approximately 56.6 million students attended elementary and high school in the United States in 2019. With the current global COVID-19 pandemic, school districts across the country made the difficult decision to close schools and move on to classes. online due to public health and safety concerns. Parents and caregivers have been tasked with taking a more active role in facilitating their children’s educational learning. Here are some tips, strategies, and educational resources for parents.

1. Make sure the student participates in all required activities online, including instructional time and any additional participation in online chats.

2. Talk to teachers about your child’s ongoing academic progress, including completion of assignments, projects, and test scores.

3. Parents are encouraged to supplement their children’s learning with additional academic enrichment activities, including educational websites, home science projects, or fun learning games.

4. Parents should ensure that they create a learning environment at home to help their child focus, which includes having a quiet place away from distractions, routine tasks and study hours and learning materials including a computer / computer laptop, textbooks, etc.

5. For students who are receiving exceptional student education (ESE) services, are under an IEP or a 504 plan, they should follow up with the school counselor or school psychologist to determine if there are any required pending updates or required meetings before the final. of the school year.

6. If your child was undergoing a psychoeducational evaluation to determine special education services, contact school personnel for a status report and to see if the school psychologist may be testing during the summer.

7. If your child was unable to begin their evaluation before school closes, please discuss with school staff if a private psychoeducational evaluation may be completed if you are very concerned about the possible delay in starting school. next school year. Please note that a private psychoeducational evaluation may be at your expense and the school does not have to accept the results or recommendations. Also, if it is sent to school, it becomes part of your child’s education record. Consider all of the above before spending hundreds of dollars on a private evaluation.

8. If you want to take a private psychoeducational evaluation, consider a more affordable alternative of taking the evaluation at a nearby university that has a university clinic with graduate students who can complete the test under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. or certified school psychologist.

9. Students completing their senior year planning to attend college in the fall should contact the selected college / university to determine if classes will begin on time as described above.

10. Students graduating already admitted to college for 2020-2021, should track the status of their financial aid, including grants, scholarships, or GI bill disbursements awarded.

EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES:

Abcmouse – Subscription-based digital education program for children ages 2-8.

BrainPOP: Animated Educational Sites for Kids

Discovery Education: Standards-Based Digital Curriculum Resources for K-12 Classrooms Worldwide

Funbrain- online educational games for kids

Khan Academy – Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning panel for self-paced learning.

PhET Simulations – Provides free and fun interactive math and science simulations

Scholastic – Offers books, literacy resources, and educational solutions for children.

Scistarter – connects people with citizen science projects, scientists, and resources.

Starfall – Educational Reading, Phonics, and Math Games and Activities for Kindergarten through Second Grade

Tutor.com/military – The program provides on-demand academic support 24/7 online in over 100 subjects for college-level kindergarten students. Now available at no cost to any adult or child in a civilian or active duty military DoD family, National Guard, Reserve, or Wounded Warriors.

FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -studentaid.gov

FastWeb- online college scholarship search provider

INFORMATION ARTICLES:

“20 Tips for Applying for a College Scholarship”, Felecia D. Sheffield, PhD, EzineArticles.com

“Minimizing Summer Learning Loss: 5 Tips for Parents”, Felecia D. Sheffield and Shameeka T. Meredith, ezinerarticles.com

Parent Center, Parent Information and Resource Center: “All About the IEP”

Parent Center, Parent Information and Resource Center: “How to Develop Your Child’s IEP”

US Department of Education, “A Guide to the Individualized Education Program”

Greatschools.org “A Parent’s Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools”

Additudemag.com “Is an IEP or 504 Plan Best for Your Child? How to Decide”

Copyright © 2020 Felecia D. Sheffield. PhD, HSP All rights reserved worldwide in all media.

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