We are definitely navigating through some interesting times and there is so much uncertainty about what the future holds with the 2020-21 school year. School-Age Child Care Services are a critical source of support to children and families during the COVID-19 public health emergency. In light of possible in-school class cancellations, Dall’Inizio DaySchool is dedicated to offering a safe place for school-age children to continue with their online and virtual learning opportunities. We are being proactive in this measure so that we can be prepared with PA State licensed teachers who will be able to assist the children with their virtual and online learning experiences.
While participating in continued learning opportunities will be an important part of each day for school age students, communication with parents about their child’s educational needs, and activities is key. It is essential that staff coordinate with parents in order to be helpful with any continued educational opportunities around expectations, computer/device use, printed materials, passwords and on-line access. It is important that program staff understand which academic activities are required, which are optional, which have specific timing (such as for live-stream content) or equipment needs, and then build daily and weekly schedules to coordinate the students’ engagement with on-line learning or printed educational materials.
In most cases children will also require program-directed activities to engage children for the hours they are being cared for in any given day. Program staff will need to establish a schedule for each student each day, while also having time for shared recreation, enrichment and physical activity throughout the day.
I would like to encourage parents, especially parents who are essential employees to pre-register for our program so that we may all be prepared well in advance should in-school instruction become cancelled. We will have limited spaces available, please reserve your spot well in advance by contacting Dall’Inizio DaySchool by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at 814-380-2419.