Tips for Parents of Online Students:
Some other tips that might be helpful for you as you support your student in this online opportunity:
Check in with your student each week (at least).
Ask about what work has been completed since your last check in and ask about grades/feedback on the assignments.
Keep up-to-date with your student’s current grade through Canvas.
Have your student open his/her Canvas course and click on the “Grades” link on the left on the course homepage. On this screen you can see your student’s progress as well as assignment/quiz scores and feedback as well as his/her overall grade to date. As of now, online course grades are only accessible through Canvas. They do not show up in Home Access Center (HAC).
Encourage your student to take notes as he/she completes each assignment.
Ask to see the notebook. The process of taking notes while completing online assignments is very beneficial for student attention, comprehension, and retention. In addition, several of the online teachers allow students to use a notebook on the exam. Yet, many students do not take advantage of this opportunity.
Communicate with your student’s online teacher.
If you have any questions or as soon as any issues or problems arise. Make sure that he/she knows your current email address and that you are open and interested in updates about your student’s progress.
If email is not the best communication tool for you, please make sure that your contact information in Home Access Center is updated and let him/her know what the best form of parent/teacher communication is that would work for you. Most of the teachers ask students for this information, but it’s not always accurate.
Be aware of the inactivity policy.
The district has an inactivity policy for online students. It will be very important that your son/daughter submits assignments on a regular basis (no less than 2 assignments per week) or he/she may be removed from the course in order to make room for other students.