We're about 3 weeks in and remote learning has actually been going pretty well. The technology seems to work as it should and the lesson plans seem to be much more thought out than they were in the spring. Our biggest problems have been the teachers not sticking to the schedule and our 10-year-old being pretty bull-headed and inflexible about that. I've tried to tell her that this is a good exercise for when she's older and not everything goes as it should and breaks get changed, meetings get moved, etc. The other problem is that the kids really don't get much in the way of breaks from the screen and their lunch is way too short for my tastes. My daughter is used to the schedule though so as long as we don't make a big deal out of it she seems to do well.
All that said, this is still definitely no substitute for live, in-person learning.
The plan was for the district to keep up all-virtual learning until at least early November, which is the start of the next marking period. However, the district was looking at data from a few surrounding districts that have in-person classes, as well as COVID data for the region in general, and voted last night to accelerate the timetable to return. The new plan is to start phasing in in-person elementary kids starting with K-1 on September 30th. 4-5 grade kids are scheduled to return October 14th. In person learning will be half days (either a.m. or p.m.) with English, Math, and Science done at school in the classrooms and music, art, phys ed, and social studies done virtually.
We have to decide by Monday whether we are going to elect to return to in-person or to stay entirely virtual. I think we're leaning towards sending her.
Mine is doing online and "attending" most classes for roughly 10-15 minutes. Then he's downstairs getting a snack or texting friends. He's getting mostly A's so far so it's difficult for us to be too critical.
Mine have been in school for three weeks now. No kids have gotten sick at our school, but a lot of other schools around us have not been as lucky. Masks all day and lots of rules, but kids actually follow rules (unlike adults). Seems to be going really well honestly. I appreciate the seriousness that our school system is pushing to a lot of parents who are whining and complaining and making this harder than it already is.
And my middle son is the only one in my state doing state assessment testing right now.I bet you weren't aware that apparently my daughter is the only child ever on earth to have been assigned math homework and writing homework in the same day. Life is cruel!
How nice that your son wants to share those kinds of experiences. You seem to have a strong bond with both of your children.My son asked me to come to his counseling appointment yesterday, in part because he liked what I told him about the experience he got in his first full time job and wanted me to share it with the counselor, which I did.
The counselor observed that my son and I have very a strong personal relationship, something she said she doesn't often see between fathers and sons. Having had a very emotionally distant father, I was quite pleased with her taking time to comment about that.