Virtual Learning Support Guide

A Guide for Parents to Create a Successful Virtual Learning Environment

The Hall County School District is offering parents the option to select a fully-virtual instructional program for students for the 2020-21 school year.  The instructional delivery model will be flexible and primarily asynchronous.  While teachers will not directly be providing instruction, they will be responsible for monitoring student progress and providing support as needed.  The content will be standards-based and facilitated by certified HCSD teachers.  While it is impossible to fully replicate the in-person classroom experience, our goal is to provide an option that will ensure that students have access to content that will allow them to continue to learn in a virtual setting.

As you help your child prepare to begin virtual learning from home, here are some basic principles, grounded in research and science, that provide an overarching structure to your approach and make the learning more productive and long-lasting:

Tips for a successful learning environment

Create a dedicated learning space

  • The learning space should be:
  • Quiet and away from distractions
  • Easily-monitored by parents
  • Have all items readily available for instruction (device, paper, printer, headphones/speaker, etc.)
  • Have access to reliable Internet

Organization and planning 

  • Discuss location(s) and organize all learning materials
  • Establish expectations for maintaining the space
  • Allow for breaks and mobility throughout the day.  This may include multiple learning spaces.
  • The desk/work space and chair should be the appropriate size for your student.  The monitor/device should be about an arm’s length away with the top third of the screen at eye level.
  • Parents should create a Canvas observer account.  This will allow you to monitor assignments, etc.  The following link provides general information about notifications and the Parent Observer role in Canvas:

Canvas Parent Observer

Setting Notifications as Observer

Setting Notifications as Student

Canvas Parent App (video)


Expectations
Establish a daily schedule.  While virtual learning offers flexibility, it is important to build structures in order for students to effectively manage time and stay on track.  

Students:

  • Schedule the day
  • Get and stay organized
  • Plan a schedule of what needs to be completed daily in order to stay on track
  • Check courses daily
  • Check for teacher messages and assignment feedback daily.
  • Ask questions.  Just as in a “brick and mortar” setting, students are responsible for getting answers to questions.  Teachers are available to answer questions and provide additional support.
  • Build in breaks to move around

Parents:

  • Talk to your child about the daily plans 
  • Check in throughout the day to monitor progress and provide support.  Communicate with your child’s teacher(s) if you have questions or concerns

Thank you for all of the support you will provide your child in the virtual setting.  While your child will be learning remotely, please be reminded that virtual students are still a vital part of their home school so please be sure to reach out to the school if you have any questions or concerns.