In light of the closing of archdiocesan schools in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, St. Dominic High School in O’Fallon recently put out a list of tips for parents adjusting to the new school-at-home dynamic.
On March 15, the Archdiocese of St. Louis announced the closure of all schools in its system until April 16. On March 22, these closures were extended until April 23. The initial announcement came as many schools were in the midst of spring break.
St. Dominic lists five tips for students and families transitioning to the temporary distance learning setup. A version of their steps, adapted for students of all levels, is presented here as well:
- Designate a learning space that is both comfortable and distraction-free.
- Establish a routine.
- Communicate. Maintain contact with teachers, especially if they are offering online office hours through video call or email. This allows students to clarify concepts, seek help when confused, and reinforce what has already been learned.
- Ask your children how the learning process is going.
- Encourage healthy habits: Avoid distractions on the computer, eat well, and take advantage of outdoor time when possible.
The latest updates to archdiocesan schools and operations can be found at http://archstl.org/coronavirus.