Using the homeschool option this year? A local nonprofit organization is offering a way to help keep kids clean, safe, and supported this school year.
Cincy Chic: What is the Remote Learning Center of Anderson?
Mary Beth Knight, RCL Administrator: It is exactly what it sounds like, the answer to so many working parents’ dilemma; How are we going to manage remote learning for our children while working from home, or from the office? The RLC of Anderson is a clean, safe, supportive environment in which children from 1st-8th grade can participate in their school or districts’ online learning program with academic assistance from certified teachers and safe (socially distant) interaction with a limited number of students.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Knight: We are parents and teachers, and we struggled with trying to juggle helping our children with their online learning while we were working/teaching from home. We just couldn’t shake the feeling that there had to be a better way. It was devastating to watch our own children cooped up in their rooms, with no interaction, and, at times, asking them to wait for us to finish our lesson or zoom before we could assist them with their work. Needless to say it was a less than ideal situation for children and their parents.
We know that many parents, including ourselves, need a plan. There are just too many “what ifs” and while we understand the need for flexibility in an ever changing scenario due to Covid 19, we know that families need the peace of mind that having a solidified, safe plan can bring.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Knight: The RLC of Anderson will be managed by MyWhy, a 501 c 3 who’s mission is to provide healthy food and athletic/movement based activities to grade school children in Cincinnati living in poverty. The RLC of Anderson hopes to offer a number of “scholarships” for area families in need, and we will base that on the number of paying students that we serve.
Cincy Chic: How can parents utilize the Remote Learning Center of Anderson if they’ve chosen to homeschool their kids this year?
Knight: We offer a 2 day, 3 day or 5 day a week option, and parents can choose to drop off at 8, or 9 am and pick up at 3pm or 4pm.
We offer flexible scheduling, as we know some districts schedules will be rotating between 2, and 3 days per week.
We have space for up to 40 children, but will most likely limit our numbers to 30 in case districts switch to an all remote plan so that we can then serve our students all five days.
Cincy Chic: What makes the Remote Learning Center unique?
Knight: With such a small number of students we will have a 1 teacher to 10 student ratio. We will disinfect the facility daily, and the bathrooms after each use, offering our families the peace of mind they are looking for.
The center will also offer indoor and outdoor PE, fitness, yoga and art, as well as active brain breaks between subjects in small groups of 4-6 students, all 6 feet apart.
Students will be able to enjoy time with their peers, instead of being secluded at home while learning. Parents are welcome to come and enjoy lunch with their children, or even take them out to lunch then return the student to finish the days’ academic work.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon?
Knight: If need be we will open a second location in Anderson to accomodate another 30 students.
Cincy Chic: Where is the Remote Learning Center located?
Knight: The Patriot Center – Clough Pike, Cincinnati Oh 45244
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Knight: Readers can learn more at the Remote Learning Center of Anderson’s Facebook page. To contact us or find out more, please send an email to remotelearningcenterofanderson