Despite interruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were able to complete a successful summer program. Now that the fall semester has started as a virtual learning environment, we have made adaptations to help suit the needs of the community.
Our maximum enrollment has been reduced from fifty students to twenty so that we may continue to use social distancing, and our current enrollment is twelve. We have also expanded the After-School Enrichment Program, which now lasts the full school day. Since not all children have access to computers and internet, our computer lab serves as a virtual learning center where the children are able to connect with their online schools. Even for children who have the necessary equipment, they may not have at-home supervision and security during their school hours.
There have been a few challenges with internet speed and connectivity, but your support is helping us work through these issues. Another challenge has been ensuring that we have enough laptops. Our computer lab was not originally set up for social distancing, so as enrollment increases, we will have to set up other spaces in the building to serve as mini-computer labs or get more laptops.
Aside from the virtual learning programs, we continue to support the community by weekly distributing 200-300 hot meals, groceries, masks, and other needed supplies. We know that there will be additional changes in October when children will be able to attend school in-person, but we are not sure how that will look yet. We do know that with your support, we will continue to meet all of the challenges of this time.