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Virtual Home Visits:
Building Essential Relationships

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Virtual Home Visits help teachers establish trusting relationships with students and families, even when they cannot meet face-to-face.

As we build new systems to safely educate students and support families, the foundation for success remains the same – relationships.

Based on our success connecting teachers and families through the Home Visit Project, Stand for Children has developed a guide for teachers and school administrators to apply this program virtually in a way that supports students and families in these unusual times. Read the guide.

What is a Virtual Home Visit?

  • A proactive, intentional re-engagement of families
  • A scheduled video call between a teacher and a student’s family, from the teacher’s home to the family’s home (duration varies, but expect 20-30 minutes)
  • Takes place during the first grading period of the school year, with recommended follow-up at least once per semester (as dictated by the support and information needs of the student and family)

The Virtual Home Visit Process

  • Teacher, school, or school district chooses the platform for video calls (with ease of use for families as a key consideration)
  • Teacher invites each of their assigned families to a Virtual Home Visit (see guide) Homeroom or advisory roster could be used for teachers with more than one class of students
  • Teacher sends confirmation to scheduled families, including call date/time and details of how to connect
  • Teacher tracks Virtual Home Visits conducted and those still to be conducted/scheduled

The Payoff of Virtual Home Visits

  • Proactive communication demonstrates care and puts teachers and families on the same team
  • Face-to-face (even video) visits build connection, empathy, and trust
  • Teachers and families learn about one another, leading to true partnerships to benefit students

Use our Home Visit App!

  • Districts sign up
  • No cost for the 2020-21 school year
  • Teachers can track, record, and review visits 24/7 on the mobile app
  • Teachers receive reminders of upcoming visits
  • School and district leaders have access to realtime dashboard
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