Flexible scheduling for remote learning from CPS. Only 1-3 hours for K-4 & Diverse Learner

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One week into E-learning and it is a disaster. The expectations from the district put upon students and the working parents of this city are unrealistic.
As working parents, We can not forgo our sources of income to be tethered to our young and diverse learner’s chrome-books by CPS mandating everyone be present and accounted for for 6 hours a day.

We need the flexibility to do the work on our own schedule. The youngest children whose learning you are responsible for are developmentally unable to hold their attention span on a screen for such a long period of time. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatrics only recommends up to only 1 hour per day for 2-5 year olds, and 1-1.5 hours for 6-10 year olds. Teachers know that the average length of a lesson should be 20 minutes because that is the attention span of a young child. Why did the district not consider this when they came out with their plan?

I know that you cannot possibly cover everything you must cover in only an hour so I propose that all e-learning be for up to three hours in the morning, with the rest of the homework done in an asynchronous fashion with the teachers setting the guidelines and the parents teaching them when they can, according to what works best for their families’ schedule.

All lunch breaks should be at the same time for the ease of working parents with multiple children.

The teachers can also make videos of the lessons to be done so again, the families can learn on their own schedule.

If the district does not change their current model, all parents should unenroll their students and do what works best for their families. I wonder if we had our elected school board promised by Mayor Lightfoot, would the considerations of the working parents and our most precious resource- our children- Have been ignored?

Change must happen as soon as possible if Chicago Public Schools expects to have any students or tax base left.