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Information for Parents

Is Online Learning Right for Your Child?
To ensure academic success in online education, your child should have:
  • Maturity to complete tasks with little supervision from the class instructor
  • Motivation to complete work alone when you are not around
  • Time management skills to study and complete assignments
  • Technology skills required to take an online course
  • Students who are more successful in an online program are those who:
  • Have completed homework on a consistent basis in a traditional classroom setting
  • Have encouraging supervision at home
  • Have a positive attitude about school
  • Are conscientious and persistent in accomplishing goals 
Have your child take the self-assessment to ensure online learning is right for them. 

Parent's Checklist for Supporting Student Success:
  • Encourage your child and give positive feedback
  • Allow your child or teen to ask you for help
  • Encourage your teen or young adult to take responsibility for contacting his or her teachers, rather than having you contact them.
  • Familiarize yourself with the curriculum.  Work with your child or teen to develop a manageable study schedule. 
  • Model good time-management strategies, such as developing a personal schedule or daily to-do list.  Help your child use these strategies.
  • Talk to your child or teen about appropriate ways to communicate with teachers and classmates.
  • Make sure your child has the necessary basic typing and computer skills.
  • Evaluate your child's level of self-motivation.  Talk about the many advantages of getting an education and earning a degree.
  • Check your child's progress by using Skyward's Parent Portal.  Talk directly with your child about his or her progress and grades and check in with the teacher periodically.
  • Provide an optimal study space at home with minimal distractions, good lighting, comfortable seating, working computer and good wrist support.
  • Never hesitate to call or write to school staff when you have questions or concerns.
Additional Resources for Families: 

Minnesota Tax Credit for Computer Hardware and Educational Software
Qualifying families may qualify for an education tax credit to acquire computer hardware and educational software for online purposes under Minnesota Statute section 290.0674.  Please contact our office if you feel you meet the guidelines as outlined on the Office of the Revisor of Statutes website above. 

Internet Safety
Internet safety is a priority for all our students.  At home it is important to talk with your students about how to be safe while on the web.  Here are some tips from Common Sense Media:
  • Never share names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses.
  • Never open an email from a stranger--it may contain viruses that can harm a computer.
  • Never send pictures to strangers or view pictures that strangers send to them.
  • Keep passwords private (except to parents).
  • Tell a trusted adult if something mean or inappropriate happens on the internet.  
  • Additional information for elementary students can be found at Common Sense Media.
  • High school students can also read about how internet safety is important for them at Advice for High School Students & Parents
Princeton Online Academy follows the Princeton School District calendar.

Tutorials for Parents/Families
Below you will find links to a video tutorial and other information that will help you support your student.  The tutorials will help you navigate Princeton Online Academy's support, information and learning systems.  You will learn how to monitor your student's progress and where to go for help.