While some students continue to study online this year, others will be back in school. Here are a few points to help protect children during a pandemic.
Springfield's re-entry plan calls for students in the hybrid learning model to attend class in person two days a week. The other days will be virtual instructions.
Springfield's re-entry schedule calls for students with last names beginning with A-K to study in person Monday and Tuesday and L-Z to attend Thursday and Friday. The schools are cleaned on Wednesdays and on weekends.
Here is a summary of the childcare, tutoring, and virtual study space options offered by some of Springfield's nonprofits.
Springfield Boys & Girls Clubs
The Boys & Girls Clubs in Springfield will open their Henderson, Musgrave and Stalnaker units for SPS students who choose the personal learning option. The Sherwood, Fremont and McGregor units will only serve their respective schools.
Fees are $ 25 per week and scholarships are available. transport services are available.
Masks are required except for meals, outdoor breaks, and time in the gym.
A detailed schedule and more information can be found at bgclubspringfield.org.
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CoxHealth employees with kindergarten through sixth grade children, as well as Drury, Evangel, and Ozarks Technical Community College employees, can send their children to the Meyer Center on non-class days.
CoxHealth's school care program runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday. The daily fees are based on the parents' hourly wage. Drop-in care is offered for employees asked to create flexible schedules, including coverage for coworkers unable to work their regular shifts.
The Meyer Center at CoxHealth is ready for students. (Photo: Courtesy of CoxHealth)
The Meyer Center will be closed as a fitness center during this time.
Students can take part in classes virtually, complete assignments and be supervised by people who can help with questions and offer assistance. Interns and student teachers at Evangel University, Drury University and the OTC provide tutoring support for K-6 students.
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The Salvation Army's childcare program is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and housed in the main office at 1707 W. Chestnut Expressway.
The Salvation Army will also collect children from school on their assigned days for their after-school program from the following schools: York, Bissett, Bowerman, Weaver, Westport, Willard South and St. Joseph's.
The program includes breakfast, lunch and a snack. The computer lab will be available and volunteers and staff will provide schoolwork and homework help. State childcare grant is accepted and scholarships are available.
The cost is $ 60 per child per week for SPS students who can attend three full days per week and two post-school days per week.
This is from the Salvation Army's summer program. This fall, masks will be needed by everyone riding in Salvation Army vehicles. (Photo: Submitted by the Salvation Army)
For children from other districts who are only participating in the after-school program, the cost is $ 25 per child per week. These children will only receive an afternoon snack.
The Salvation Army also opens for children on individual school days, such as snow days and public holidays. The cost for a single day is $ 15 per child.
All children must have a mask and wear a mask in Salvation Army vehicles.
All children aged 12 and over in the building must wear a mask. All children under the age of 12 must wear a mask inside if they are unable to observe social distancing.
To enroll your child, visit Salvarmarmyspringfield.org and click "After School Programs" under the "What We Do" tab.
Or fill out this online form: https://form.jotform.com/200615987019156
The Discovery Center
The Discovery Center provides tutoring and childcare for Springfield students enrolled in a hybrid learning model in the former Everest College building at 1010 W. Sunshine St.
The new Learning Support Care program can accommodate up to 300 students in kindergarten through eighth grade per week.
The Learning Support Care program can offer up to 30 alternating lessons per week.
The Discovery Center's training staff serve as guides and tutors for children participating in the Learning Support Care program.
Tuition for the program is $ 125 per week and includes tutoring and childcare two days a week – either Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday – and every other Wednesday.
In the former building of Everest College, 40 places are reserved for the children of employees of the school district. They also receive a reduced tuition fee of $ 100 per week through a fellowship from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Use the code "SPS" when registering.
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The center is looking for donations to provide scholarships to more families. The organizers are also looking for additional locations to cater for more families.
The Discovery Center will open additional centers in various locations in Springfield as needed.
"We will probably only have to open more when the schools close again," he said, "but we will be ready."
Children must wear a mask except when eating or playing outside.
To register or to learn more, visit www.discoverycenter.org.
Kids count to ten as they play a game at the Pat Jones YMCA on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Jansen / News-Leader)
Ozarks Regional YMCA
The Ozarks Regional YMCA offers two programs. One is the traditional all-round care before and / or after school and the other is the school support center that complements the days when SPS students are not in class.
Currently, the school support center is fully serviced with 60 students enrolled. But that could change.
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Because the Ozarks Regional YMCA is a state-licensed childcare facility, it is working to obtain a license to care for more children. The YMCA is also working to add other locations if it can license the locations.
To learn more about the program and to put your child on the waiting list, visit orymca.org/springfield-scholastic-support-cent.
To enroll your child in the pre- and post-school program, visit orymca.org/springfield-before-after-school.
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