Welcome OHDELA Parents!
As an OHDELA parent/legal guardian/study coach, you want the best for your child’s education. At OHDELA, the Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy, we’ve built an online virtual school that inspires minds, engages students and families, and provides a learning experience for life. But for our students to truly realize success, parents must be closely involved throughout their education. We are committed to helping our students start strong and flourish throughout their school year. Adapting to online schooling takes time and you may face challenges, but we are here to help you and the student during this transition. We are here to provide support with orientation sessions and training for a successful school year.
As an OHDELA Parent, you are an integral part of your student’s school life
A Parent’s Typical Day:
Parents can expect that their time will closely mirror that of their child’s. For example, parents of younger, elementary-school children should expect that they will be helping their children quite frequently throughout the school day, such as getting their children logged in and started on tasks, answering questions or helping them move to new subjects, parents will spend the majority of school time helping their child. While parent involvement of older students may be a more hands-off approach, parents still need to be present during their student’s school hours. It’s important that a parent stays observant to ensure that the student remains focused, attends live classes on time and works on school assignments when in front of the computer.
Your time commitment may vary by student’s learning style
- Grades K–5: 5 to 8 hours (example)
- Grades 6–8: 5 to 7 hours (example)
- Grades 9–12: 5 to 6 hours (example)
Additionally, parents of all students should be checking-in with the teachers, not only on academic progress, but also for teacher tips they can use to help guide their children through schoolwork subjects, questions and assignments. As a student learns, advances and becomes more independent, the parent’s involvement changes, but always remains crucial for success.
Daily and Ongoing Support
Keeping your student on-task, focused and involved in their schoolwork requires daily support. From helping them get signed in and situated at their workspace to ensuring that assignments and homework are completed, your student will look to you to be his or her constant support system throughout the OHDELA online school process. By offering support to your student, you are involved in his or her assignments and can help with any problems along the way. We recommend regular checking in with teachers regarding student progress, timely turnaround and feedback on graded items, staying up-to-date with OHDELA news and announcements, and planning extracurricular trips and activities will help supplement your student’s school work.
School Calendar, Events, Announcements
Preparation for the school day is essential. OHDELA asks the parent to help the student prepare for the tasks of the day, especially in the elementary school level. Whether the day includes a test in one subject and a group project in another or a reading assignment and a live class session, preparation can help you breeze through the day without missing a thing. Together, the teacher-parent team can help a student be more successful.
“Great school and great teachers. Been with OHDELA since 2005 and have been very happy. My kids are home and getting a good education. I am still actively involved with their education and make sure they are on task. Online schools would not work if parents just want their kids plugged in and walk away. Success depends on the discipline and structure of parents also.”
Jay N Darla Uhl reviewed OHDELA — 5 star April 18