WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Two mothers from other school districts said making the switch to full remote was scary, but after getting through the first few weeks, they said it’s been smooth sailing. They said they are urging parents to not give up.
Working mother Christy Thomas said Maize switched to online learning, she worried about her 5-year-old son’s education.
“I sat on the stairs, and I cried. I was heartbroken,” said Christy Thomas.
After nearly three weeks, Thomas said constant communication with the school has eased some of that stress.
“Relying on our teachers and asking questions is the most important thing we can do as parents because they want this to be successful too,” said Thomas.
Mother Amanda Smith’s children started the year learning remotely. She said making schedules, finding a designated workspace, and taking breaks have helped balance the workload.
“Be patient with yourself, the teachers, the children, it’s fine, it’ll be fine, somehow we’re going to make it through this,” said Amanda Smith.
Here are resources for USD 259 parents:
- There will be four ‘Parent University’ sessions offered on December 2nd and 3rd. Those sessions are an hour long and will provide tips on setting up a home learning environment, navigating learning platforms, and support. More information on that can be found here. Those sessions will be recorded if families can’t participate.
- The Family Help Center offers in-person tech support at Wichita North High School, Wichita South High School, and the Wichita Public Schools Administration Center. More information about that can be found here.
- The HelpLine is (316)973-4357.
- There was training when the gear was distributed and more information on that can be found here.
- What to expect for remote learning can be found here.
Wichita Public Schools said to be patient as it could take a couple days for the students to be comfortable with the technology, but should soon be successful.
Both mothers said patience with your kids and patience with yourself is key.
“Attitude is everything right now and we have to continue to be positive and continue to do what’s best for our kids because they’re the ones that will be hurt if we’re not,” said Thomas.
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