There’s no doubt that starting the 2020-21 school year using a predominantly virtual format includes challenges. A successful year will require teamwork, planning and creativity. We’ve gathered a list of useful resources to create our “Mission Forward” online library, helpful resources that will give families the information you need.
Primary HCPS resources:
- 2020-21 Learning Plan: A Handbook for Families and Students is our guidebook to the school year, including typical days, student support and options for gradually returning to school.
- The HCPS COVID-19 Health Plan outlines the strategies HCPS will use to reduce the health risks of coronavirus in our schools.
- Our Virtual Learning homepage is the hub for student instruction during the predominantly virtual start to the school year.
- This video, “A Day in the Life” for grades K-5, is a quick introduction to back-to-school for families of elementary students.
- Our Mission Forward web page includes the latest information on the 2020-21 school year.
Recommended resources for supporting children during online learning:
- Learning and self-care resources for families and educators from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.
- A booklet with ways to support students’ social and emotional growth and behavior, from the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
- Practical advice for addressing common online learning challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A parent guide with tips and resources for coping with the pandemic from the Child Mind Institute.
- A parent’s pandemic guide for school-aged children from the Virginia Department of Education with information on everything from remote learning to cleaning protocols.
- These tips from the National Association of School Psychologists include handouts on motivating students, using rewards, dealing with anxiety and sleep issues, and more (scroll to the bottom of the page).
- Timely information for students and adults with autism from the COVID-19 Autism Research Community Task Force.
- “Meet Ups” are class forums where HCPS students typically gather to establish and monitor expectations for how to treat one another, share experiences, solve problems and build community. These handouts show you how to continue this healthy social-emotional practice at home:
- A list of 44 high-quality children’s books that support mental health, including everything from board books to chapter books for middle schoolers. Themes in this list from the Child Mind Institute include anxiety, ADHD, grief and much more.
Virtual study skills for middle school students
- How to make a study skills “fortune teller.”
- Helping students in grades 6-8 understand procrastination.
- Creating a daily schedule.
- How routines help students learn (grades 6-8).
Virtual study skills for high school students
- Helping students in grades 9-12 understand procrastination.
- How routines help students learn (grades 9-12).