Corpus Christi ISD offers tips for parents with kids learning from home

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 01:08:48-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — We have nearly hit the second month of the school year and for many students, they continue to work from home as we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

For some students, especially the younger ones, virtual classes can open students up to distractions and can cause a lack of focus, experts say.

Perla Robles and her son, Ryatt, work together from their kitchen table each day as Ryatt takes his kindergarten classes.

"I'm sitting here the whole time like 'Hey, pay attention,'" Robles said.

The happy go-lucky kindergarten student loves his classes and loves to learn, but working from home hasn't been the experience he needs.

"He needs a teacher," added Robles.

The Corpus Christi Independent School District is aware some parents and students working from home are having difficulty with online classes.

"We have heard from teachers and we have heard from parents," said Kevin Johnson, an RTI behavioral intervention specialist with CCISD.

Through short videos and newsletters handing out tips, the district has created tips to help parents whose children might be having a hard time focusing on school from home.

"Parents were struggling with how to get their kids adapted to this environment," said Cheryl Tam-Villanueva, another RTI specialist with the district.

The tips include things like giving children breaks to regenerate and focus to how to contact teachers; anything that can help parents manage the pressure the pandemic has caused.

"Just based on our experience from last going back to last year we addressed things," said Amanda Holland, another RTI specialist with CCISD. "The day in day out work, the anxiety, the organization."

The videos can be found on the district's Facebook page. They are short and to point as they aim to help parents manage the pressure while some students continue to work from home.