1. Establish consistent routines and expectations
As far as possible Aiglon will follow its normal timetable of lessons. This ensures that the work students receive is manageable and that the groups they learn in are familiar. We suggest that students maintain similar sleep routines to those they kept at Aiglon, so they are fresh and able to concentrate during their working day.
The work provided should balance activities, so that students can work both online and offline. Breaks are important and you should encourage your children to take the breaks they need.
2. Create a student workspace
Your child will need a reasonably quiet space to work with an internet capable device preferably a laptop or PC. This would preferably be in a communal area, though we are aware that this may not always be possible. If your child will use their own bedroom, they should be fully dressed and not in pyjamas when they access their learning resources.
It would also help your child to provide them with resources and materials, for example paper, pens, pencils etc, that they will need to complete their work.
3. Limit screen time
If you find that your child is spending far too long using their computer please contact their tutor who will talk with them about achieving a balance between working online and offline. Aiglon teachers have been asked to set a range of tasks, some of which can be completed without the need of a computer.
Equally, where possible if students are using their screens all day for school, try to encourage them to limit their use outside of school time.
4. Begin and end each day with a check-in
By engaging with your child at the beginning of a day, asking them what subjects they have ahead of them, what work they have outstanding and if they require any resources you will provide a much needed grounding to their routine and also encourage their engagement.
Many students can struggle with distance learning and having a lack of structure and by regularly checking in with them you can help to establish a framework for their learning.
5. Be aware of the challenges and stresses they face
Aiglon is an amazing place with a wonderful community and when on campus your child will interact with hundreds of adults and peers every day, looking at the beauty of the alps and be socially engaged.
Leaving that environment will present challenges and they may struggle to receive a consistent level of support virtually in comparison to the connections they are used to at the school. That said, you need to be careful not to over-worry them or transfer your own concerns onto them.
If you have concerns about their well being please contact their tutor or the senior leader responsible for their year group.
6. Be a good communicator
Tutors will be contacting you once a week and please engage with them. Rather than contacting your child’s teachers it is better to communicate through the tutor and allow them to collate and collect feedback to provide you with. You can, of course, contact the School Council at any time.
7. Encourage activity, healthy living and social activities
Worldwide, this is an unusual situation. As far as possible encourage your children to be active, do some form of fitness, drink lots of water and eat healthily. Chances to eat and socialise within the household, if appropriate, will help to raise their spirits. Aiglon sports, PE and expeditions staff will be providing ideas and videos to help them get active!
8. Be patient
We are confident that given the incredible environment of Aiglon there cannot be many schools in the world where remote learning will offer such a loss.
Every classroom at Aiglon provides a view that has inspired students for seventy years and it is our absolute priority to get the students back to our vibrant community. Remote learning cannot, and will not, be as good as being on the mountain.
However, please trust that we will do everything in our power to ensure the students are not disadvantaged by this terrible situation, our staff are committed to doing their utmost to maintain the high level of learning we normally provide and to create opportunities for our students to challenge themselves.
That said, please be patient and supportive. There will be technical issues, there will be obstacles but together we can ensure that our children continue to progress and remain members of the Aiglon community.