HPS is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club, Homework House, OneHolyoke and the YMCA to offer Learning Support Pods for students in grades K-8. A big thanks to Mayor Morse and his team for providing start-up funding through December via the CARES Act funding!
Learning Support Pods provide supervision and support with remote learning, especially for students for whom remote learning is least likely to be effective or for families whose parents are essential workers. Students will still be taught by HPS teachers and staff in the remote setting. Apply by Wed, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. (English, Spanish).
Locations (and we hope to add more, since we have limited seats!)
Boys and Girls Club, Churchill Site, 334 Elm Street (nearest to Morgan, Lawrence and Peck)
Homework House at St. Paul, 485 Appleton (nearest to Lawrence)
Homework House at OneHolyoke, 43 Canal (nearest to Kelly)
YMCA, 171 Pine Street (nearest to Lawrence) <very limited spaces>
The pods are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 5th, assuming we have staffing and EEC approval in place. Learning pods have up to 13 students, supported by 2 staff members. They operate during typical school hours, 5 days a week. All health and safety guidelines will be followed, including wearing face coverings/masks, physical distancing, frequent hand washing, enhanced cleaning, and staying home when sick. Transportation will not be provided because families need to drop their child off at the host organization in order to comply with a wellness check, a requirement of the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).
Thank you so much to the leaders and staff of the Boys and Girls Club, Homework House, OneHolyoke and YMCA for supporting our youth! Please note, these pods are in addition to the school department’s efforts to bring HPS students to HPS schools in-person.