Virtual learning offers high school students a highly personalized experience that fosters meaningful connections between students and teachers — with flexibility and personalized options that many students and families prefer.
Parents and guardians have a key part to play in student success, especially as a new school year begins. Here are things you can do to help set your virtual high school student up for success:
Keep open lines of regular communication with your student, the teacher and the school. Watch for teacher and school messages to stay updated on important news and updates that could affect your student. Because relationships and communication are different in a virtual environment than they are face to face, we place a high value on connections between families and staff.
Establish a routine
Students (and adults!) depend on routines for comfort and predictability. Help your teenager set and follow a routine during the school day, and encourage healthy personal habits, such as predictable times for sleeping, waking and meals.
Encourage screen breaks
Many teenagers can happily spend the day glued to a device. When there is free time, whether during the school day or during personal/family time, encourage fresh air and recreation activities that don’t add to screen time.
By the time they reach high school, many students have developed the organizational skills needed for academic success. However, every student can benefit from an offer to help organize their physical and digital workspaces, especially if you suspect your student may be overwhelmed or having trouble keeping up.
As in every other grade, a high school student will have days when they feel frustrated, discouraged, or uninspired. That’s human! As a parent/guardian, your help to motivate — especially on those difficult days — without trying to fix their problems will help them develop the resilience and mindset to succeed at school and in life.
Check in often
Communicating with a teenager about school isn’t always easy, but casually checking in on their school experience on a daily basis is critical to success. Ask how their school day is going, what they’re working on, how they’re feeling. You may not always get a great answer, but each chat makes it easier to share when they need to ask for support or have exciting news to share.