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    1. HAVE STUDENTS USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE A LIVE MEETING STARTS.

    Encourage students to use the restroom before a live instruction time starts. Because these live class times are not very long, even a five-minute break could result in missing critical information.

    2. EAT SNACKS PRIOR TO LIVE MEETINGS.

    Young children can be difficult to understand while in the virtual classroom sometimes. If they are munching on snacks, it could be even more difficult. Please be sure students have eaten prior to our live meetings and avoid snacking during live meetings.

    3. KEEP A SPILL-PROOF WATER CUP HANDY.

    Please let students keep a spill-proof cup near their work area. This will help reduce the number of reasons students would need to get up from the lesson by keeping water next to their work area.

    4. GATHER ALL NECESSARY SUPPLIES AND STORE THEM NEARBY.

    Pencils, eraser, crayons, paper, and textbooks.  Storing these items in one location will ensure students don't have to rush around each day to locate the items.  You can store the materials in plastic caddy, hoebox, etc. Any container will work!

    5. CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE.

    Students should try to wake up around the same time each morning, eat breakfast, and get dressed for the day. We want students to feel ready for school. When we feel our best, we perform our best!

    6. TEST AUDIO AND VISUAL EQUIPMENT BEFORE A LIVE MEETING BEGINS.

    Each day before a live lesson begins, please help your students do an audio and visual test. If technology issues can be handled before class time starts, we will have more time for instructions and kids who are less frustrated. One important piece of information to provide parents is what to do if there are ongoing tech issues. 

    7. FIND A QUIET LEARNING SPACE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING – GET CREATIVE!

    A learning space for distance learning just needs to be relatively quiet and distraction-free. It could be a quiet hallway, on the floor with a lap desk, the kitchen table, a desk, etc. It doesn’t have to be a dedicated home office for successful distance learning.