Hello everyone it’s Jennifer! It’s Back to school time again and Ms. Galenorn invited me to do a blog post. This year is a bit different for everyone due to the pandemic. I know a lot of places, such as where I live, offered two option for school this year: online or in person. No matter which option you’ve chosen I know it has been a major adjustment not just for us, the parents and students, but also the teachers and administration of the schools.
I personally chose to do the online option for my daughter due to my immune system issues. For us this meant not just adjustments to her school schedule and how she accesses her classes, but also for her special needs requirements. So I have to adjust to being mom, tutor, stand in for a para, and schedule keeper. I’m not going to lie it has been really rough this first couple of weeks, but we are getting there.
Our first week was such a mess with messed up schedules and glitches with the online class programs my school district is using. I know that the teachers and admin team at my daughter’s school were doing the best that they can since this is totally new to them too. They are all getting the kinks worked out now and things are going more smoothly. It was a mess at home too trying to figure out things that would work best for my daughter since we are in charge of her schedule here.
My daughter has autism so structure is crucial for her to succeed. So I first came up with a schedule that scheduled out every class with forty-five minutes per class. We quickly realized this was causing her anxiety, and triggering panic attacks and meltdowns, due to some issues with the modules and quizzes that one of the programs several of her classes use. So we went to a more general schedule of from 8am-12pm school work, then an hour for lunch, and then from 1pm-3:30pm back to doing any school work she had left for the day. This made a world of difference and she’s no longer rushing through her work, and we’ve had way less meltdowns. It has also been very helpful that her teachers reach out through email not only to her, and their other students, but to us the parents too. Overall we are getting a lot of support from not just her teachers, but her counselor and case worker too.
Honestly if you are new to doing school online with your child, like I am, I hope that you are getting just as much support from your child’s school. I really do believe that it has to be a team effort of everyone involved for these kids to succeed. Also making sure that your child has a dedicated area to do their work without distractions is a key to making this work as well.
I don’t know enough about the in person option of how things are working in school to really comment on them. All I really know about that option is that the schools have to follow social distancing rules and masks are required.
No matter which option you chose for your child I wish you all a great, safe, and healthy school year!