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  • Connect with every student every day; evaluate and track the best modes by which to communicate with students. 
  • Develop communication plans/routines for student to teacher, teacher to student, staff to staff, and staff to family/community 
  • Consider how students will get help (academic, social/emotional, or technology/material needs) in real-time and develop a school-wide process.   
  • Investigate and establish mechanisms to provide support to, and get feedback from, students, families, and the community. 


Relationships First from the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. Tips for establishing connections.

Guide for Communicating with Parents and Students from FiveStar. A one-page guide to developing a consistent plan for communicating with guardians and students. 

Recommended Daily Contact Procedures for Emergency Continuity Plans from Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative. VTVLC recommendations around attendance, morning meetings, etc.  

Parent Guide for Online Learning from Michigan Virtual. Guide for parents, guardians, counselors, and others who want to help students understand online learning. 

Creating a New Schedule for Remote Learning from Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. Strategies for establishing new routines and schedules.

Continuous Learning Taskforce Guidance from the Kansas State Board of Education (See Recommended Time Guidelines for Student Learning Based on Age on page 26.)  

Parent Resources from Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative. Courses and general questions about learning online. 

Online Student-led Conferences from the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. Tips for pivoting to remote/online conferences.

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists. Provides suggestions on how parents/guardians can respond to children’s fears regarding COVID-19. 

Student Release form for Audio and Video Instruction from the New Hampshire Department of Education. Sample release form for communicating with students.  

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