Benefits of OnBoard!
Regardless of whether you are opening your school with remote learning, social distancing or a hybrid of the two, OnBoard! can help you create a structure of support for your new, incoming students. Because of the fluid nature of schools today, those new students need that support now, more than ever.
Structure of Support
The lack of personal connection as a result of distance learning has the potential to cause many students to feel isolated and insecure. Especially those transitioning into middle or high school.
Providing a structure that connect students to peer Mentors allows your new students to feel a part of the school community almost immediately. Rather than feeling unseen, isolated, and alone, the 6th and 9th graders learn that even though they are not physically at school, people from school care about them and their success. This provides a sense of comfort and stability which translates into motivation and success.
With OnBoard!, although your new students are experiencing school virtually, they will not feel invisible.
In connecting your incoming students in a virtual way before school starts, you will be setting up a structure to keep them supported, regardless of the changing conditions of their learning environment. As long as those students have someone to turn to, they will feel safe and connected to school.
When new students are left to their own devices to navigate the chaos of school, in any format, with no clear support, statistics show their motivation and desire to remain at school will diminish.
Set Your New Students Up for Success
Should your school return to "normal" later in the year, your 6th/9th graders will have to transition, yet again. If this is the case, an older student, already known to them, will then be there to help them navigate that new transition of going back to a physical building, making their transition from distance learning to physical school not nearly as difficult. They will be ready to succeed when they step through the doors.