Mind Wars of Remote Learning
Brain Wars of Remote Learning
You’re probably sitting there right now asking yourself, “What are we going to do?” Meaning what is your family going to do since school is not like it used to be for the children, but work is still the same for you.
Let me just reassure you that you aren’t alone, and resources are available. You may even question, Should I just send the kids back to school when they can go back? You are entitled to your own decision making just be sure to make the best decision possible for you and your entire family. Don’t make decisions based on your emotions for the day. Really sit down and look at the pros and cons.
We have taken so much for granted over the years. Never in a million years would we expect to be juggling the option of going to work or homeschooling our children. You should not have to juggle these thoughts, EVER. We are in this together and I promise you that there are many solutions to help ease your anxiety so that you can go back to being the best parent you can be.
I am going to remind you of a few important details to consider when making the decision whether your child should return to school in person.
NCDHHS & CDC School Reopening Basics
Adhere to the 3 W’s…..Wear, Wait, Wash
The guidelines were put in place to give parents some peace of mind. We know it is nearly impossible to mandate a child to wear his/her mask 8 hours a day. I work in healthcare and I am required to wear mask and goggles/face shield the entire time I am on campus. Let me just be honest with you, it’s HARD. Some days it means that I will have a mask along with eye protection on for a consistent 12 -14 hours. It’s not fun and it’s required of me, it’s how I feed my family. I said it before and I will say it again, how is the teacher effectively educating 20 – 30 students under the age of 12 when he/she is the only person in the classroom. It’s impossible because I guarantee that most of the day is spent telling the kids to stay away from each other, no sharing their supplies, and keep that mask over your nose and mouth.
Should you send your kids back to school? No matter what you decide, just make sure it’s the best decision for you and your family.
Let me give you a few more things to ponder when considering a Remote Learning Pod versus In-Person Learning………
Pros of Remote Learning Pod:
Socialization with other students
Sense of Normalcy
Very Low Infection Risk
Highly enforced personal protection safety precautions
Low parental anxiety (academic retention & COVID19 safety precautions)
Traditional In-Person Learning
Socialization with other students
Limited classroom structure due to overcrowded classrooms
Sense of normalcy
High Infection Risk
Low enforcement of personal protection safety precautions
High parental anxiety (academic retention & COVID19 safety precautions)
As you can see, there are many similarities between a Pod and the traditional school setting. The major difference is the control of the spread of infection within a Pod versus that of the traditional school setting. The student to supervisor ration is much smaller than the teacher to student ratio which allows a centered approach on ensuring the child is engaged with daily academic activities and adherence to safety guidelines set forth by health officials and local government.
The following link will give you detailed data surrounding COVID-19 and the spread among school-aged children in Mecklenburg County:
No matter what you decide for you and your family, just always know that you are making the best decision you can with the information you have. No one ever provided explicit instructions on parenting in a pandemic so please don’t beat yourself up for any decision you make. Always consider more than one plan in case the initial plan falls through.
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**Disclaimer - This blog has been created by Ashley Titus of A.S.H Consultants, Inc. to provide you with some food for thought when fight the brain war of whether to send your child back to school. The content provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or legal counsel. Should you need professional advice please seek the appropriate professional.