Student & Family Access

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Student & Family Access

Read for School Infographic; information below

Ready for school today?

Your simple checklist for a fantastic day!

  1. Find your study space
    Well-lit | Peaceful and quiet | Hard surface

  2. Got everything you need?
    Laptop or tablet | Virtual school login details | Pen, paper, and other materials

  3. Stick to a daily routine
    Set mealtimes | Take breaks | Daily movement/exercise

  4. Make time to socialize
    Chat to your friends | Work and learn collaboratively | Share ideas

  5. Help is at hand
    Real-time support in lessons | Email your teacher at any time | Revision help from your parents

  6. Most importantly… Reward yourself
    You're working really hard and you’re doing great - you’ve earned it!

Remember that you can ask your teacher a question any time. They’re there to help you.

Have a great day at school!


Offline to Online Infographic; information below

Offline to Online

What is my role as a parent?

Don’t…

Do…

Expect the school day to look the same.
Online learning affords your child more flexibility than if they were learning from school - and that’s okay.

Help your child create and stick to a routine.
Work together with your child to create a schedule that works for them. It won’t look like a regular school day - instead, focus on setting up a sustainable routine that can accommodate both your child’s and your needs. Routines are helpful to get your child into a positive headspace for learning.

Focus on time spent online.
More screen and lesson time don’t necessarily correlate with better quality learning.

Connect with the teacher to the personalise learning.
If you’re worried your child isn’t completing all the tasks, involve your child’s teacher who can advise you on which tasks your child should focus on.

Play the role of “teacher”.
Although this new learning environment will more than likely require a more hands-on approach from parents, try not to fall into the trap of becoming their teacher. Try not to correct their work or interfere with the learning process.

Take on the role of “encourager”.
Be positive and interested in your child’s online learning, and help them start a learning task if necessary, but try not to hover. Your child will appreciate your initial support and gradual release of responsibility to them.

Try to handle this alone.
This transition is hard - especially for working parents! Know that you’re not alone and that it takes time to adjust to these new roles.

Stay connected.
Discuss any concerns, questions or requests with your child’s teachers, who are eager to support you. Reach out to other parents, set up a virtual playdate for your child - connection is vital for wellbeing.


Top Tips Infographic; information below

Remote Learning For Parents

Remote learning can be a great way to continue learning outside the classroom, particularly in difficult circumstances. For parents and carers, the idea of remote learning isn’t always straightforward and there can be a number of factors they need to consider, especially around ensuring their children feel comfortable and are familiar with the whole concept. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help parents and carers support their child in getting the most out of their remote learning experience.

  1. Take an active interest in your child’s learning
    As a parent or carer, remote learning will be a new concept for your child and there are bound to be a few teething problems to start with. Take an active interest in their learning and help support them whenever they need a helping hand.

  2. Monitor your child’s communication and online activity
    It’s important to remind your child that despite being at home, the same level of behavior and conduct exists as if they were at school. Encourage them to remain polite, remember their manners and not to post or send any negative comments just because they are behind a computer.

  3. Establish a daily schedule and routine
    Working from home and trying to learn in a more casual setting that children might associate more with play and a degree of freedom might take a bit of getting used to. Try to stick to a daily routine and use the timetable/schedule that schools have sent home to help children keep on top of their daily learning.

  4. Encourage screen breaks away from devices
    Remote learning will inevitably require more interaction with computers, laptops and tablets. Teacher’s will invariably advise on screen breaks however it doesn’t hurt to keep a check on their time online or encourage them to get some fresh air/exercise.

  5. Ensure your learning device is in a public space in the home
    It’s important to consider where your PC or laptop is placed if live video is being used. Try to keep the background neutral with no personal information visible and move learning devices out of the bedroom as this could be deemed inappropriate.

  6. Implement safety controls and privacy restrictions on apps and software
    Dependent on how your school implements remote learning, your child may be required to download certain software or apps. Whilst these are likely to be relatively safe to use, like any other new app or platform, parents should still implement safety controls as a precaution.

  7. Ensure your child only uses official school communication channels
    It’s important that all communication with teachers and school staff is directed through approved school channels, whether that be through the school’s online portal or the relevant secure messaging site.

  8. Familiarize yourself with relevant school policies
    Schools should have a policy on remote learning and direction that they can share with parents. Familiarize yourself with this and ensure you know what is expected of teachers and your child during lessons, both online and offline.

  9. Maintain feedback with teachers
    Engage in communication with teachers where possible and try to feed back progress and development as well as any helpful suggestions around the learning process. Be transparent but remain professional and only use official channels to communicate.

  10. Monitor your child’s well-being and mental health
    Remote learning will likely mean that your child won’t get the same level of social interaction and might not see their friends for a while. Keep a check on their well-being and try to encourage them to get out as much as you can. Whilst learning from home might seem fun and exciting to start with, missing out on seeing their friends everyday might take its toll.


Consejos Para Padres Infographic; information below

7 Consejos Para Padres de Familia

Apoyando el Aprendizaje a Distancia

  1. Sea Ejemplo de Cómo Afrontar la Crisis Con Compasión

    • Sea ejemplo de valor y compasión.
    • Sea modelo de cuidado personal.
  2. Ayude a Su Hijo(a) a Mamtener un Horario

    • Establezca un horario diario en el que los niños puedan hacer sus tareas.
  3. Designe un Espacio en Su Hogar Para Hacer Tareas Escolares

    • Encuentre un lugar en casa en el que su hijo(a) pueda sentarse y hacer sus tareas escolares.
  4. Hable Con Sus Hijo(s) Sobre lo Que Están Aprendiendo

    • ¿Cuáles son las tres cosas más importantes que aprendiste hoy?
    • ¿Cuéntame algo que aprendiste en ciencias naturales?
  5. Lea Con Su Hijo(s)

    • Lea un libro o un artículo.
    • Lea en español.
  6. Comparta Historias Familiares

    • Cada familia tiene historias que compartir. Esto ayuda a fortalecer la identidad y la autoestima.
  7. Escriba Sobre lo Que Están Viviendo Juntos

    • Comience a escribir en un diario para compartir lo que están viendo, sintiendo y experimentando durante este momento histórico.
    • Escriba en español para procesar juntos lo que están pasando.

Contacts

Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent
clewis@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0383

Michelle Rios

Executive Assistant
drios@montereycoe.org
Phone: 831.755.0364

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