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Tips for parents while districts implement online school

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Many school districts are switching to virtual learning while they're closed.

WKOW got some tips for parents from the Wisconsin Virtual Academy, run by K12, which is an online public school.

Head of School for WIVA, Fadia Afaneh, says you should set up a space dedicated solely to learning. Make sure it's not in a child's bedroom or play area so there aren't distractions.

She says create a schedule with your child, focused on academics when they're most motivated.

Afaneh says to build in some break time for play! Even for the adults, this is helpful.

Parents should trust, then verify, their child completed their work. Afaneh says parents should resist the urge to help children immediately.

"It's okay for our children to struggle. That's how they learn and so let them wrestle with things a little bit when they're working at home on their school tasks," Afaneh says.

Afaneh says virtual schools aren't that different from brick and mortar schools. They still expect students to attend class and do their work, but rely on parents or another adult in the home to help children learn, along with the teachers.

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Dani Maxwell

Dani Maxwell is the Content Manager for 27 WKOW.

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