***COVID UPDATE*** Effective February 10, 2021 Lakecrest transitioned entirely to remote learning, and will stay that way for as long as it takes, to protect the health and safety of our school community from the UK variant of COVID-19.
When Lakecrest announced in summer 2020 a plan to return to in-class instruction for the 2020-2021 school year, the school also indicated that remote learning would continue to be an option for families. This choice was made possible because of the success experienced during the lock-down phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in Newfoundland and Labrador. In less than a week the school transitioned to remote learning, and because of that, learning continued for students until the end of the school year in June. So although in-class instruction was set to return, Lakecrest wanted to extend the option to parents to choose remote learning if it made sense for their family situation.
This blog documents the journey of one family who chose the remote learning option. We reached out to Martina Baker, the mother of three children who attend Lakecrest. Martina and her family chose the remote option to start the school year because is made sense for them. They have since returned to the province and therefore the students have also experienced getting re-integrated into their respective in-person classes. We thank them for opening up about their experiences of remote learning during the pandemic.
The Baker Family
Why was hybrid learning something your family asked for during the first few months of school? What situation did you find yourselves in?
We went to Czech Republic in the summer to be able spend some time with our sick family member. Our stay got extended as we had to wait for our approvals to return to Canada due to the COVID restrictions in place.
How was the experience for each child? Can you provide some examples of things you observed?
With Jack starting grade 7 and now having four different teachers was a little challenging at the beginning for him, but after a few weeks he settled in and really started to enjoy it.
Edward had a good experience with Mrs Adams as she was very well organized and made him feel as if he was there in-person with everybody else by always having him on the TV screen on the wall.
Georgiana also had a good experience with Mrs Parsons as she was also very organized and made sure Georgiana did not feel she was missing anything by not being there.
The challenging aspects were due to some technical difficulties where they could not join some classes and missed out – but overall the option was worth it as they enjoyed spending time in Czech with the family while not missing school.
What was it like dealing with the school and your children’s respective teachers during this time? What kind of communication did you send and receive?
We had a fantastic communications via e-mail with all teachers. They were all very helpful and understanding.
Please describe the situation you are in now that you are back in Newfoundland. Did you have to self-isolate? What was that like?
When we arrived back in NL we went into the two weeks of quarantine in our home. The two weeks were fine as we were all together and actually gave us time to re-adjust and organize ourselves.
How are your children doing now that they have returned to in-class instruction?
All our children are happy being back in class and seeing there friends. The Zoom is fine for a short time but proper interaction is definitely needed for developing children.
Are there any staff or teachers you’d like to thank for providing the hybrid experience?
We would like to thank Ms Dove, Mr Gruchy, Mr Bishop, Mr Foran, Mrs Warren, Ms Petten, Mrs Adams, Mrs Parsons and of course Mr Boekhoud for proving the opportunity to join via online and the extra effort they all made for our children and for the warm welcome back.
Thanks again to the Baker family for telling their remote learning story. Visit our blog regularly for more stories from the Lakerest community.
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