Let Grow school programs make any re-entry plan better for parents, teachers, and students.
Change expectations that distance learning requires constant parent involvement.
Serve more students safely with limited space and time on campus.
Allow student socialization and play with limited exposure to adults.
The Let Grow Project
A simple homework assignment asking kids to do something on their own with their parent's permission. In a distance learning or hybrid school model, it can be assigned to promote the importance of social-emotional learning through independence, combatting the assumption that students aren't learning unless they are working on formal school lessons. A weekly "Let Grow Day" can provide a crucial transition day for cleaning the school building, planning time for teachers, and time for students to help with chores, explore a passion project, and have unstructured play time.
Let Grow Play Club
Mixed-age, unstructured free play with minimal adult supervision. Running Play Club in scheduled blocks or throughout the entire day could extend the capacity of classrooms and teachers employing social distancing by providing a location, preferably outside, where part of the class could be sent while others are provided instruction. For students doing distance learning, Play Clubs could be hosted at the school playground to provide a break for kids and their parents. Small group Play Clubs could be held at a parent's home or public park, or hosted by community organizations or churches.
K – 8th Grade
Independent Classroom Kit
Put classroom management in the hands of the students. For distance learning or a hybrid school model, the same structures kids learn to stay organized and on task can be adapted so they learn to manage their at-home school responsibilities themselves. The Independent Classroom Kit provides tools, resources, and a parent letter that teachers can use to explain their Independent Classroom philosophy while helping parents support reasonable expectations.