A regular school year usually has challenges, but in a pandemic?! It’s the buzzword so many of us are feeling: overwhelming! To be honest, it’s only September and we’re already running into issues like internet outages and missed work. But finding ways to connect with your child’s teacher can make a difference!
Just this week, we’ve been in touch with both of my kids’ teachers about missed work that they couldn’t figure out how to submit, being marked absent when they were there in class virtually, etc…
I’m sure we’re not alone in the struggle!
My hope is that, whether your kids are doing virtual school from home or are going to school face to face, these 5 ways to connect with your child’s teachers make a difference. Maybe all it takes to improve communication, lower our stress levels and have fewer missed assignments and better grades … starts with an email!
Where do I start to connect with my child’s teacher?
1. Send a “Thank you” email!
If you already have your child’s teacher info, write a short & sweet thank you email. I’d highly recommend starting with kindness, even when we’re frustrated over issues. I’m including this as part of my 101 Days till Christmas 2020 countdown, with ways to show love to others, so kindness is a must!
You can start with a thank you and still address issues or ask questions. I’ve found that, more often than not, everyone truly wants to help.
2. Check out your school website.
If you haven’t yet, check out the school or district websites. Our school district has a page dedicated to help parents navigate this crazy Covid school year for all students (in person or virtual).
You can often find the teacher’s email on that website if you don’t have it already. And take advantage of the website’s free webinars or blog posts. There’s a ton of helpful info available.
I especially loved these virtual school success tips from Florida Virtual School that apply to any online student. My favorite is “remember to take breaks and have fun!”
3. Call the school office.
This can be a great option because you could leave a message for the teacher or connect with the counselor. If your schools are like the ones my kids go to, you may need to leave a message and wait a few days, but eventually you do get a response.
4. Connect with your child’s teacher … and other parent’s too, on Facebook!
This tip is to like & follow the official Facebook pages for the school, district and PTSO or PTAs.
I’ve found SO MUCH helpful information on the official school, district & Parent/Teacher/Student/Staff Association Facebook pages! They usually share information about upcoming deadlines and it’s a great place to ask questions or interact with other parents.
5. Browse school tech tools like Canva, Skyward, Class Dojo, Remind & more
Your school may be different, but here in Central Florida, everything seems to be done through the Canva dashboard. My kids go in to connect with their teachers & submit their work. That dashboard also has links or apps like Skyward to follow their progress reports, attendance, etc.
This week, I also connected with my daughter’s teacher through Class Dojo. We even submitted one assignment there, by taking a photo and sending it.
I can’t appreciate ENOUGH the many ways teachers are trying to be flexible in this pandemic, to help their kids succeed. THANK YOU SO MUCH!Signed, a busy working mom, trying to figure this all out.
Connect, breathe, be kind … repeat.
If I can be honest, it feels like trying to navigate all this can be a second job. It’s often frustrating, as a virtual school parent, to see my child logged in and doing work, and then get a “your child was absent” email! Um, no he/she wasn’t!
It can all be enough to wanna give up!!! But education is important. lol! Seriously, though!
Connecting with our child’s teacher or teachers can be a fantastic tool any school year, but especially in a pandemic. We knkow there are going to be bumps along the way.
Connect with your child’s teacher today! It could make solving problems a little easier when they come.Signed, a hopeful working mom with 2 kids doing virtual school at home!
I’m pretty sure this is not just our family. A LOT of families are in the same boat. We’re all trying our best. If things are not working out, there’s time to make changes. Just today, here in Orlando, it’s the deadline for this quarter to switch your kids from virtual school to “face 2 face” or vice versa.
Honestly, it’s still a pandemic, so I’m trying to extend ALL the grace & mercy I can, all around. This includes being nice (as much as possible) to my kids, my husband, the teachers, school staff & other parents. It’s cliche, but “we’re all in this together.”
Laughing thru life,