10 Dos and Don’ts for Online School Success


The Kingsway School's online system. Creative Commons photo: The Kingsway School on Flickr.

Lexi Friesel, Staff Writer

Do plan for the next day’s work the night before. This will help you maximize the time you have to work every day. Pay attention to all emails from the head of school for specific instructions on class schedules. 


Don’t sleep past class start times. Many Menlo teachers are requiring work to be completed by a certain time of day and sleeping in may decrease the time period you have to complete that work. 


Do keep in touch with friends, but be mindful of how you do it. Facetime, text, social media and spending one on one time together in non-public places such as  homes, the beach, parks and hiking trails are two easy ways to be social in the midst of the outbreak without spreading the disease further. “Any congregation of people is a set up for spreading an infectious agent,” Stanley Pearlman, an infectious disease expert said to the Washington Post. 


Don’t be around large groups of people or very public places such as concerts and airports. According to the California Department of Public Health, “Mass gatherings and large community events have the potential to increase COVID-19 transmission.”


Do exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should work out for at least 150 minutes a week to stay fit and healthy.


Do not attend full-team practices for sports teams. The Menlo athletic department has suspended all practices, games and athletic events until the school reopens. 


Do schedule upcoming days. Lay out time for class work, exercise, breaks and social activities. 


Do not complete school work in an environment with many distractions. Pick a place where you know that you can complete work effectively. According to the Princeton Review, “Doing your homework in roughly the same place every night will help cement the routine.”


Do eat well and get enough sleep. According to Harvard Health Publishing, in order to keep a healthy immune system, you should “eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables” and “get adequate sleep.” Having a healthy lifestyle may also improve your focus while doing homework. 


Do not hoard food or hygienic supplies. Although it is good to prepare, in order to ensure that everyone in our community is able to stay healthy during this time, only take what you need. According to USA Today, “It’s okay to stockpile — not hoard.”