With a month of virtual learning in the books, many parents are finding it difficult to balance work and multiple school lessons under the same roof. To help with the stress that comes with virtual learning, The St. James is turning its 450,000 square foot facility into a classroom with its Distance Learning Enrichment Program.
This virtual learning option is a two-day-a-week program that combines learning and athletics in one building. Parents can choose between the full day program (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and the after school program (2:30 to 6 p.m.). The full day program runs at $415 per month for The St. James’ members and $520 per month for non-members; while the after school program is $220 per month for members and $275 per month for non-members.
The in-person program will pair students into pods of 10-12 children and assign a dedicated proctor to supervise during lessons and daily activities. Students will stay in the same pod throughout the month to guard students and staff against the spread of COVID-19.
A sample schedule of the full day program has students partaking in proctored learning sessions until 2 p.m., with breaks and lunch in between, and fun sports and activities until the 6 p.m. pickup time. During the afternoon, parents can expect their children to participate in a variety of activities, including soccer, kickball and tag.
Like many public venues, The St. James has put in place safety precautions to help guard students and staff COVID-19. Some of the new safety standards include everyone wearing a mask when not exercising, eating or drinking and temperature checks and health declarations when entering the building.
While the virtual learning program is starting off with classes only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the sports complex is looking to expand to a full five day schedule in the coming months. // 6805 Industrial Road, Springfield
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