Safety and Number of Participants
Due to space constraints the maximum number of participants in the Distance Learning Program is 23. During this time of “new normal” we at WiSHES are taking many precautions to guard the safety of program participants, staff, and the loving family members with whom we reside. Among the measures are:
- Masks are worn by staff and participants upon entering
- When entering and before leaving the building all program participants temperatures are taken using an infrared thermometer.
- All staff and students are either socially distanced by a 6 feet proximity or separated by plastic partition from ceiling to tabletop.
- Our classrooms adhere to Governor DeWine’s requirement (1 instructor and 9 students) for occupants in a gathering space.
- When seated and doing their studies within the plastic partitions students are permitted to have a break from wearing their masks.
- Surfaces (tabletop and chairs are wiped with Clorox cleaner.
- Door handles and doors are wiped with Clorox cleaner.
- Students are 1:1 with computer equipment and headphones.
- All other cleaning and sanitation measures are standard for business operation.
What is Distance Learning and is it Right for Your Child?
Distance learning, often called distance education, is the process where students utilize the internet to attend classes and complete courses, without having to physically attend a school. Distance learning is not the ideal instructional method for all students and families that have returned to work following the onset of the pandemic. It may not be the best fit for everyone and below a but a few struggles that have been shared with me by parents:
- Young people that are unmotivated to complete their work in the setting that is not intended for all day academic learning.
- Students who are still learning or have not mastered academic organizational skills.
- Maintaining a schedule for their children that is conducive for distancing learning
- Increased tension between parent and child when the schoolwork is not getting done.
These are but a few examples that have brought parents to the conclusion that co-teaching simply is not feasible for their child and peace in their homes until students return to school.
The staff at WiSHES is here to help by providing your child with structure and support when challenges arise. However, our best efforts will only be successful if the child is held accountable for the role they play in their success. Under the guidance and direction of caring staff that will provide a watchful eye and work collaboratively with teachers, guidance counselors, and parents. At WiSHES we see each of these challenges as opportunities for improvement.
Students can thrive in the remote learning environment. Below are a few testimonials from students and parents after participating in WiSHES Distance Learning Program: