Boys and Girls Clubs on the Suncoast offering a Remote Learning Program to working parents

Boys and Girls Clubs on the Suncoast offering a Remote Learning Program to working parents
Manatee County Boys & Girls Clubs (Source: Manatee BGC)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County and Manatee County wants to help parents navigate remote learning.

The non-profit’s Remote Learning Support program was created to help parents who aren’t ready to send their child back to school just yet due to safety concerns, but they aren’t able to stay at home with their child due to work schedules.

“I feel like it’s a pretty good program but we just want him to be where he wants to be where he can excel,”

Robert Emmons says his 12-year-old son Keywon has been going to the Boys and Girls Club in Newtown for his school’s remote learning.

Even though Keywoon prefers to be back in school physically, his father says the remote learning is what’s best for right now.

“To us, it seems like he learns better in a smaller classes and it’s easy and it’s a lot easier for him for the social distancing,” says Emmons.

Some parents are concerned about their child’s ability to successfully connect with their teachers in virtual classrooms. A number of households don’t have Internet or access to technology to support remote learning.

“A lot of parents weren’t t just ready to send their kids back to brick and mortar schools and also some were concerned about the technology in their homes," says President and CEO of Boys and Girls Club Sarasota County Bill Sadlo

the Non-profit saw a need for the program because many so families have been affected by the pandemic financially and simply can’t stay home to help their children with e-learning.

“The things that we found was that there was a need for hosting sites for e-learners. So some families are not comfortable for various reasons or not able to send their kids back to school right away but they can’t leave them at home when they’re heading off to work,” says Dawn Stanhope, who is the President and CEO of Boys and Girls Club Manatee County.

Emmons and his wife chose this program because of their work schedule and its been a great help.

“It’s been a fairly easy transition. Whoever is able to try to take advantage they probably should,” he says.

The program will run as needed to help close the gap for distance learners, likely throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

The program is free for families who qualify. But there’s a small weekly fee for others.

To register your child in Sarasota County click here.

To register your child in Manatee County click here.

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