Parents: Make the Best of Distance Learning

Parents: Make the Best of Distance Learning
Posted on 04/24/2020
Student practicing distance learning at home

As Distance Learning in the Palm Beach County School District enters its fifth week, here are some tips and reminders to help students, parents, and guardians make the most of their Distance Learning experience. 


You have options

Take comfort in knowing that The School District of Palm Beach County has multiple flexible learning options available for students. 


The first option is Google Classroom, hosted by your child's teacher. You may find that your student's teacher is best at providing personalized support and content delivery. 


A second option provides your student access to lessons and resources available at palmbeachschools.org/distancelearning. 


Lastly, televised lessons are available via livestream on the District's YouTube, Comcast channel 234, AT&T U-verse channel 99, and CBS's subchannel 12.2 for those with an antenna. By communicating with your child's teacher(s) and selecting the instructional option that best fits the needs of your family, you are joining with us to support your student in distance learning.


Communication is more important than ever
To best support your child, please keep in communication with your student's teacher(s). Ask questions, share concerns, and seek out help whenever needed. Also, check your child’s SIS regularly to ensure that your child is fulfilling expectations and assignments. 


Create a schedule

Your child may work best if you create and maintain a schedule of regular start and end times, with regular breaks throughout the day. Even with a schedule, allow times for flexibility, adapting to adjustments as needed. Talk with your child to see what is motivating for them. Consider building in time for physical movement including stretch breaks or stepping outside to get fresh air.


Attendance still matters

Teachers monitor attendance daily. Students should communicate regularly with the teacher(s) to understand the expectations of the teacher(s).


There is help with meal time

Since schools were closed on March 13, School Food Service has distributed more than 1 million meals to children 18 years of age and younger (age 22 and younger for ESE students). Meals are free regardless of financial need. Be sure to check the distribution dates and locations to find a distribution site near you at palmbeachschools.org/feedingsites.


Counseling services are still available

The transition to Distance Learning has been a challenge for everyone. If you find that your child is struggling with adapting, or needs support from a counselor, we are here to help. Contact your child’s school counselor or call the Mental Health hotline Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 561-432-6389. For after-hours and weekend assistance, 211 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Show us what you’ve got

As distance learning continues through the end of this school year, parents are sharing on social media the many ways our students are adapting, learning, and interacting with their teachers. This is a time to share with others what you and your family have found to be successful. Check out some of these social media challenges and let us know how you’re making the most of distance learning in your family.
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