The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School is offering supervised remote learning for the children of essential workers, which they announced shortly after resuming their hybrid learning program last week.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We know that for many families, the pandemic has caused insurmountable hardship, and that as a school, it’s our role within our community to help come up with solutions,” HoLa Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Sargent said in a statement.
“We are grateful that we can help the students of teachers and other essential workers continue learning, but also remain safe and socially distanced while doing so.”
Essential workers and families who qualify for federal and state aid have been bringing their children into the school building full-time, to be supervised during both hybrid and remote learning.
The program “has allowed our household to continue to serve the public with more ease,” said Lynnette Medrano, a HoLa parent who works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Now her child gets “structured care, individualized attention, as well as a safe and clean environment,” she added.
Across New Jersey, nine out of 10 major school districts remain fully remote because of rising cases of COVID-19.
However, HoLa has resumed hybrid learning as of mid-January (students have the option to attend school in person four half-days per week), but even while many of HoLa’s students were remote during the fall, those participating in the supervised learning program were able to attend school five full days per week.
“I was struggling thinking about what to do with my own children,” noted Paola Ramirez, the school psychologist at HoLa.
“From day one, my children benefited from the supervised remote program to participate in their virtual classes and complete independent work. They love the quiet environment, the chance to interact with their peers while following all safety protocols, and the trips to the park.”