Girls Inc offer virtual learning alternative for children of working parents

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 4:10 PM CDT
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Many parents are deciding whether to register their child for traditional or virtual learning this school year.

For working parents, traditional schooling might seem to be the only option.

Girls Inc usually only offer after school and summer sessions.

For the first time in the program’s history, it will be operating during school hours to offer an alternative to working parents who want their children to attend school virtually this fall.

“We’ll make sure that the girls are logging in when they are supposed to. We’re holding them accountable for completing their schoolwork. Doing mom’s job while mom is at work,” says Girls Inc executive director Jamie Hale.

Girls Inc is working on a partnership with ACOM to have its student tutor girls needing help in math and reading.

Along with structure and supervision, the center will offer computer and internet access.

Those are tools that some girls don’t have.

“We’ve written a grant so we hope to be able to secure chrome books for the girls too. Our hope is by September they don’t have to bring anything but their bodies and their lunch sacks,” says Hale.

Management believes the small population of the center will give parents peace of mind about their child’s health and safety while they work.

“We’re a smaller organization. That’s a good thing because there’s less families that they are getting exposed to. With schools I think it’s the quantity of people that’s the big issue,” says Hale.

The center will continue social distance and safety practices they set in place for the summer session including a screening check-in procedure.

Registration is now open and will close once all spots are filled.

For information visit Girls Inc’s website.

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