We are praying for you as you and your student as they transition to #PCAkeepslearning! This move to an online learning environment will be an adjustment to family schedules, school routines, and more. Students will likely experience common reactions that may move quickly from the initial novelty of learning at home to frustration and isolation as the reality of school closure and all that entails becomes their new reality. It may be helpful to remind your kids that there are millions of other students going through the same thing. Reassure them that their feelings are valid and reasonable.
Please check out some thoughts we came up with that may be helpful:
Remind your students that we do not face troubled times without hope. Whatever trials may come, whatever anxiety or cares we are experiencing, remember that Jesus knows what concerns us and strengthens us through it. This verse is so comforting; 2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” What a reminder that each challenge or fear that we face is an opportunity to grow personally and as a school community.
Your PCA faculty is working hard to keep students on schedule for the year. Remember that establishing daily routines will be vital for your family. Try and commit to normal wake up time, mealtime, curriculum time, and “lights out” schedule.
Be sure to emphasize the importance of sleep for good health and emotional wellbeing.
Make time to exercise – thank goodness for our PCA Physical Education Team!
This might be an opportunity to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill – or even learn how to play an instrument! We encourage our students to stay focused and resist consuming too much of their days with binge-watching or video games. We are praying for you as you help your kids explore areas of interest or curling up with a good book!
The coming weeks will be fluid, and we want to assure you we will collaborate daily to streamline the best ways to receive instruction, turn in assignments, and effectively communicate in this e-learning environment. We will continue to provide resources, discussion groups, and videos that will promote learning, spiritual growth, and a sense of calm in this new challenge.
We are committed to working diligently and daily, encouraging our PCA students and families. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you or your student needs additional support or encouragement. Remember, this is only a “season” of time, and we have the confidence that the Lord has gone before us. Please regularly check your email, PCA’s social media, and our website as information unfolds.