by RODORA E. PRADO – TEACHER II – CUPANG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Home visitation has traditionally played an important role in addressing students’ needs by linking families to school activities, resources, and assistance. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the necessity for home visitation and pivoting to accommodate virtual home visits are particularly more crucial, as students encounter new or developing obstacles while distance learning, such as demotivation, communication, or mental health concerns, all of which increase during a crisis.
To teach effectively amid a pandemic, we ought to know children. Teachers spend time in students’ homes learning about their experiences, activities, and customs. Research has begun to shed light on the advantages of home visits during the elementary school years, particularly in terms of family engagement in schools. As a result, teachers’ knowledge of children’s homes and families aided in literacy education, which is far more important in today’s crisis, especially to those students who are at risk of dropping out.
That being said, during the pre-planning phase, teachers must identify pupils who are irregular or do not submit modules or other learning tasks.
Identify students who have low literacy, numeracy, or achievement levels. They must also identify pupils who have exhibited a lack of interest in schooling and/or a wish to leave and determine which pupils have module-related behavioral issues.
Moreover, during the actual home visitation, teachers must emphasize the relevance of home visiting programs in meeting the needs of students and their possible consequences on care and education in the face of a pandemic. Also, they must determine the risk of visiting parent – facilitators, and students to give continuing attention or to distribute required modules during distance learning. Thus, before undertaking home visits, teachers should assess their risk of virus transmission and the potential for problems. Additionally, they should determine family members in the visited house who may be more susceptible to infection transmission or problems if infected with COVID-19.