Nelson County Public Schools to hold workshops for parents on technology, social-emotional support before classes kick off

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NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Public school students in Nelson County are set to start their online classes Monday, but with all the uncertainty surrounding the technological and emotional impact of the pandemic on the new academic year, school officials are not only offering workshops to help parents adjust to the “new normal,” but also words of support.

Officials with Nelson County Public Schools are set to host workshops on the basics of Canvas and Google Classroom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, and 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.

According to the school district, these workshops will focus on navigating Canvas and Google Classroom, joining and engaging in Google Meets for instruction, using flash drives or jump drives to create folders and save work for teachers in an offline setting, and sharing students’ work with teachers.

To register for an in-person slot for these technology presentations, call the Nelson County Public Schools Tech Department at (434) 263-8317. However, officials say the space is limited to 40 people, who will be required to wear face coverings and abide by social distancing guidelines.

In addition, there are two workshops for parents looking to support their students’ social and emotional development and well-being, especially during these uncertain times.

According to school officials, these workshops — which will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday — will offer strategies and resources for both caregivers and students to help support successful school engagement amid “the new normal” and manage the stress of remote learning.

You can also join these workshops remotely by clicking the virtual meeting links embedded in the document included below, or by calling the phone numbers listed in the document:

Nelson County Public Schools is set to hold its first day of classes in an entirely remote manner on Monday, Aug. 24.

“On behalf of the Nelson County School Board and Administration, we thank our families and community partners who have been and continue to be supportive of the safety measures our school board agreed on when they voted to begin school in a 100% virtual/remote format,” Dr. Martha J. Eagle, Division Superintendent for Nelson County Public Schools, wrote in a statement shared on Facebook on Tuesday, Aug. 18. “We thank our parents and guardians for the sacrifices they are making to be their child’s link to our new educational platform. I would encourage each and every family to remain positively engaged in your child’s education.”

You can read the full statement from Dr. Eagle by clicking here.

For more information on Nelson County Public Schools’ reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year, check out the district’s website.

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