Tips for Working Parents

  • MCVA recognizes that it can be challenging to monitor your child’s progress when they are working independently from home.  Below are a few suggestions for how you can make this work:

    • Plan your child’s learning schedule around your work schedule. Make sure the activities that require the most support from you are done during the times you’re available to help your student. While you’re away, have students complete  independent reading and subjects your child has an easier time understanding.

    • Utilize to-do lists. Clearly defined to-do lists help your child stay focused on their assignments and decrease the likelihood of becoming off-task when they are working alone. 

    • Make use of planning tools. Create a calendar with your child’s course information. Include grade level and individual Google Meets so the student  never misses a chance to work with their teachers.

    • Be flexible. Set aside time in the evenings and weekends to check on their progress. Remember to plan ahead so that you can either take time off from work or flex your personal schedule so your student can attend social activities like field trips and complete required state testing.

    • Take advantage of teachers and peers. At MCVA, certified teachers work one-on-one with you and your child to provide extra assistance when needed. Take advantage of this resource and encourage your child to get in contact with the  teacher for extra help. Messaging within the learning platform and email communications are ways your child can contact their teacher.

    Source: VIRTUAL SCHOOL AND WORKING PARENTS: WAYS TO MAKE IT WORK by Peggy Barnholt, April 2020