Early October is the time when parents receive their students’ first report card. I want to remind each you that a report card is just a snapshot of how a student is performing at that moment in time. Many students are struggling to navigate either a hybrid or virtual learning schedule. Teachers are learning a new way of teaching. This way of teaching and learning is new to everyone. Do not be alarmed if the first report does not reflect how your children typically perform in school. Again, this is a transition period.
It is important to remember that the learning environment is not at all like the one to which your children have become accustomed. It is more difficult to learn when some or all instruction is received outside of the physical school building. Right now, many students are dealing with technology issues, distractions that are not usually a part of the school day, and many more unusual circumstances. Allow everyone grace. Be patient and don’t put undue pressure on yourself as a parent or you children.
Finally, it is important to have a similar conversation with your children. We don’t want anyone to get discouraged if their grades are lower than usual. Many topics and concepts that are being taught right now will need to be reviewed when students return to a more typical school day. Again, it is not uncommon for a student to be struggling academically during this time despite their best efforts. I know it can be disheartening to receive a lower grade than usual. Please remind them that we are all getting used to this new normal and everyone is doing their very best. As a parent of three children: one in college, one in high school, and one in middle school; I empathize with you all.