In light of the new stay-at-home order issued by Virginia’s governor, both students and parents are unsure of what life will be like until June 10. However, this has allowed me to speak (virtually, of course) to several students and teachers about the changes to their academic lives. I have found that those who have adapted to staying at home the best have treated their home more like a school. They set alarms to meet with their classes over Zoom which forces them to wake up at a reasonable hour, they work downstairs in a designated spot for schoolwork and studying only, they take frequent breaks to other parts of the house or walk outside to get some fresh air. Ultimately, they create a routine for themselves.
The CDC has recommended that we practice social distancing, but it is imperative that we remain social. For our best overall wellness, we should be keeping in contact with others to stay connected with each other and to remain sane. Over the next week, I will be reaching out to parents via the resources the Smithsonian has allotted me– from forums to Facebook pages– to give advice and spread information on the best ways to navigate these hard and confusing times.
If you, the reader, wish to communicate something that has helped you through these times or something you wish you had approached differently, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or reach out via email.