About Our Learning Support Pods
We have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Homework House, OneHolyoke, Girls Inc. and the YMCA to offer Learning Support Pods for students in grades K-8. 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 and the community-based organizations provide supervision and facilitation support. We are no longer collecting applications for the waitlist.
The pods have begun, and we have funding to continue through February. 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).