Parents, teachers and school administrators can plan for kindergarten using a virtual classroom for one year.
But there are some key steps you can take to make sure the experience is the best it can be. 1.
Create a calendar to plan lessons from start to finish.
Schedule a time to use the virtual classroom.
Plan your day.
Check to make certain your child can see and listen to the virtual teacher.
Check in with your child’s caregiver and make sure they have access to the computer and their own monitors.
Make sure your child has an uninterrupted view of the virtual room, including their teacher.
Check your child is wearing ear plugs and headphones.
If you have a child with an intellectual disability, make sure your classroom is wheelchair accessible.
Have your child sign in with a password.
Have a written plan for the learning environment.
If the classroom is too large for your child, make a copy and store it in a safe place.
Check if the virtual class is available at the end of the day.
Make a note of any missed lessons or times and check again for any problems.
Make note of what activities your child will do at the time.
Make the following decisions: 1.
Do you want to use your child as a teacher?
Do they need to wear ear plugs?
Do parents have to sign in for the virtual sessions?
Do your child have to stay in the virtual environment for the entire day?
Are the physical classroom activities appropriate for your age group?
Do the physical activities have to be supervised?
Do people need to stay at the computer during the session?
Do physical activities need to be monitored?
What activities do you plan to use during the virtual session?
Are there any special rules for students with learning disabilities?
Do I have to give my consent before I start?
What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
How do I know when to stop?
How does this work?
Do all of the above apply to the teacher’s office?
What are some other resources?
Online resources for students, teachers, and parents can be found at the following: 1 .
Learn about virtual classroom experiences.
The Virtual Education Institute offers a virtual teacher resource to teachers and students.
A virtual classroom is available for teachers in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and the District and is available through the Department of Education’s online portal.
Learn more about the learning opportunities in the Virtual Education Center.
The National Council on Disability provides online resources on teaching in virtual environments.
Online Resources for Teachers and Students