Create a Support Network for Unique Circumstances
When Westmoreland students are asked to engage in online learning due to circumstances that require school buildings to close, the district recognizes that this can pose a hardship on many families. Although students may be restricted from going to school, there is no guarantee that parents and guardians are able to work virtually from home and therefore be able to supervise their children. In the event a school building must close and we must shift our learning from the classroom to the cloud, Westmoreland parents and caregivers are encouraged to think about ways they can support one another. Everyone is encouraged to ask themselves:
- Who in the neighborhood might be able to look after several family's children?
- How can a neighborhood or friendship group use a rotation schedule to provide supervision for students?
- Who in the neighborhood is really "tech savvy" and willing to help teach others how to use the online tools that are available to Westmoreland students?
- How might older siblings and students be able to support the learning of younger children?
- In what ways can neighbors and friendship groups share technology tools?