With counties starting to re-open I thought it would be a good to share the criteria required in order to re-open. Washington county is expected to re-open on June 1st. While this means restaurants will be open for in-dining services, retails stores will be open for shopping, and yes, we can finally get our haircuts. These services however will still have to follow the social distancing requirement and clean more frequently.
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Students thrive on schedules. Their average days are predictable. School used to start at the same time everyday students would come in and go to their classrooms and unpack backpacks. They would then go to seats and get started on the day. Lunch and recess were at the same time, and school ended at 3:15. Now students can start school whenever they want. The structure students are used to, and need is gone. There are ways to continue a schedule when at home. Try and wake up at the same time every day, whatever time that is. Start school and try and end school at the same time; you could even do the same subjects at the same time. According to Mental Health First Aid, here are some tips for keeping a routine at home.
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Children are continually asking questions. Sometimes they are questions adults can't answer other times; they are simple questions like "what's for dinner." Right now, they are not able to comprehend why they can't live their everyday life. While parents want to protect their children and withhold information, this can lead to them thinking the worse. Here is a script to help answer the tough questions children ask.
Learning at home can be difficult for some students. They are used to physically going to a different building to learn. There have been several studies and suggested on how to study at home effectively.
Create a space designated for schoolwork only.
Having a separate space just for school helps tell the brain it is time to study, whereas the bedroom is associated with sleeping and relaxing. The area should also be tidy to decrease distractions.
Create a to-do list
If your student's teacher provides a weekly schedule of assignments create a list of all the tasks. Once the document is complete, pick one to two assignments every day. Breaking down the week can prevent feeling overwhelmed and stressed by the amount of work.
Establish a routine
Start school work at the same time every day. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, along with establishing a routine try and get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.
Our brains are not designed to sit in a spot for multiple hours. Set timers and take brain breaks every hour. In school, students naturally do this when changing classes.
Go to office hours - Teachers have office hours to answer questions or chat with students.
Stay off screens - With digital learning, it is impossible to stay off a screen completely. Once the student has finished, their work go for a walk, play outside, read a book, play a game, create a meal, or even take a nap to catch up on sleep.
As always, reach out with any concerns or questions.
I came across a saying the other day and thought it was relevant. "When a photographer can't change a scene, he changes his angle and lens to capture the best of that scene. Similarly, when you can't change a situation in your life, change your perspective and mindset to get the better out of that situation." Unknown. Changing perspective can be challenging. Here is a list of ideas to help change perspective.
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With today being the start teacher appreciation week and schools being closed, it can be hard to express our appreciation. Most teachers want to make sure their students are doing okay. During this week, take the time to check in with a teacher and say hi, or a quick thank you. Here is a list of 24 ideas for teacher appreciation during social distancing.
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