I know our teachers and our parents are working tirelessly to meet the needs of our students to the best of their ability. I encourage you to try to honor as best as you can what the teacher is asking your child to do. If the workload feels like too much for your child and your home situation, communicate with us. We can help.
For families concerned that their children are missing out on academic content, remember that at a time like this, less is more. I encourage you to broaden your definition of learning. Think about how to help your children continue to develop skills. Critical skills for kids of all grade levels include reading, problem solving, and communication, as well as social-emotional skills like resilience, collaboration, flexibility, and positive coping. Use this time at home to support these skills along with prioritizing students’ well-being and engagement with learning.