The COVID-19 pandemic has swept the country, and as schools close, educators are scrambling to find an effective means of helping students adjust to a new digital learning environment. Stay-at-home orders issued by state governors have temporarily closed many of the traditional places where students learn. In addition to schools, most museums, libraries, and zoos are currently closed to the public. Despite the challenges set forth by this unprecedented situation in the US, digital learning is showing that the spirit of American ingenuity will rise to the occasion to help our children and teachers overcome this difficult situation.
TIA Perseveres Despite COVID-19 Challenges
Although the Tucson International Academy is closed for the remainder of the school year, the learning continues. The teachers are still working from their classrooms every day, but instead of teaching a classroom full of students, they are accomplishing their duties via an online forum.
Students download their homework packets or pick them up at their school. Online help is available to the students through Khan Academy, and teachers and students interact through email, phone calls, and online forums.
Grab and Go Meals
The school is also offering grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to any student, whether they attend TIA or not. These meals are available every school day between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM at each site. Parents just need to drive through with their kids in the car to receive breakfast and lunch.
Teachers, Parents, and Students Rise Above COVID-19 Challenges
This method of teaching and learning is new territory for everyone. Therefore it comes with a specific set of challenges. Parents are responsible for teaching much of the class material to their children now, following directions from the teachers. However, for many parents, English is not their first language and the language barrier presents an obstacle that teachers are working hard to overcome.
Most parents are not used to teaching and are faced with many other worries due to the pandemic. Many are out of work due to their place of employment being closed. Many must now stay home and take care of their children. They are facing financial difficulties and dealing with high levels of anxiety. Despite these stressors, parents, teachers, and children alike are rising to the occasion and making the best of a complicated circumstance.
We Are Resilient!
This is a difficult time, but the Tucson International Academy and its students and families are resilient. We’re coming together, remaining patient with others, and continuing to act creatively to meet the needs of our students.