COVID19 Homeschool And Work From Home Schedule
Like many parents across America, we have been faced with the prospect of having to work from home while also homeschooling our children. If you are like my school district, there are strict log-in times to count your child’s attendance. If that is the case, you are stuck teaching your children during work hours instead of being able to be truly flexible.
To put things into perspective, my children’s home school district sent the following requirements that our child be logged into Google Classroom anytime 7:00 – 10:00 A.M. to count attendance. From there, the school day is assigned as 9:00 – 2:00 with teachers getting an hour break from 12:00 – 1:00.
During that time, we are supposed to do assignments with our children while also finding a half hour during the day for physical activity. While that may not seem daunting, in our household, we have to do that while finding time for both parents to work while also keeping watch over our two year old. With that in mind, we have developed a schedule which we hope helps other people:
6:30 – 8:30: Parent A works from laptop while Parent B get kids dressed and has breakfast with them.
8:30 – 9:00: Clean-up of breakfast, set-up for homeschool log-in, and switch of parents for work.
9:00 – 12:00: Parent A is out of pocket monitoring emails and calls working with the homeschooling. Parent B is on the laptop working.
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch time for family. Both parents are out of pocket monitoring emails and phone calls.
1:00 – 2:00: Parent A goes back to laptop while Parent B is out of p0cket finishing up the school day.
2:00 – 4:00: Both parents working from home simultaneously while children are doing activities like coloring, reading books, playing outside, or watching T.V.
4:00 – 4:30: Regroup. Discuss who still needs to do what, have a light snack for kids, and figure out any contingencies for the rest of the day.
4:30 – 5:30: Parent A sits with kids and begins preparing dinner while Parent B is on the laptop
5:30 – 6:30: Dinner
6:30 – 7:30: Every device off for family time. Part of time spent is a family walk, play a game, etc.
7:30 – 8:30: Bedtime process, i.e. baths, reading books, and tucking the kids into bed
8:30 – 10:30: Both parents on the laptops doing work finishing up whatever they need to do for the day.
Parent A: worked 7 hours
Parent B: worked 8 hours
From 10:30 on, you can find time to spend with your significant others, and catch up on whatever you need to catch up on from the day.
Please keep in mind, this is a framework of a schedule for two parents working at home with kids who need to be homeschooled. As a family you may need to adapt to your jobs demands as well as any challenges which may come our way while we are all home due to COVID19.
As time progresses, this may be amended to reflect any changes we need to make. If there is anything you are doing which is different than this, and you find it helpful, please share in the comments section. Overall, remember that even though we are all socially isolated, we are still all in this together, and we can all work together to try to figure it out.