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Quincy Family YMCA offering virtual learning alternative

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QUINCY (WGEM) - Many schools in the Tri-States have released their plans for bringing students back to school this fall.

The concern on the minds of many parents is providing their child with a safe place to learn.

The Quincy Family YMCA announced a program to help parents who don’t feel comfortable sending their kids back to school for in-person, or who aren’t able to stay home with their kids.

The YMCA will offer to provide a place for kids to attend their virtual school classes with supervision, instead of going to school in person or staying at home.

YMCA CEO Jim Chamberlain says helping children learn while keeping them safe from COVID-19 is their highest priority.

Students will be required to wear masks at specific times, like when they come in or out of the building and when walking between rooms like the bathroom or the gym.

“When they’re in the classroom we’re going to space out our tables, so we can ensure six feet of social distancing and while they’re working at their stations they can take their masks off, so they won’t be required to have their masks on all day, but anytime they’re close to other kids or moving through the facility they will have to have their masks,” Chamberlain said.

The Y will not be providing any educational materials, staff will only help students with the virtual curriculum option provided by their school.

Students will also have to bring their own laptops from home or the ones provided by the school.

“You really have to do what’s right for your family, for your kids. We’re not necessarily encouraging to come here versus in school or vice versa. We’re just trying to provide options for the parents who may not feel comfortable with in-person learning at this point, but may not have the ability or capability or maybe internet capability or just the time, they have to go to work, to be able to stay home with their kids,” Chamberlain said.

The program is not exclusive to Quincy residents. Families from surrounding areas can also use the daycare program if their school provides a virtual class option for students to follow.

Parents can drop students off at the program as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick up students as late as 6 p.m

Registration for the program is open now.

The cost will be $100/week for members and $125/week for non-members.

Financial assistance is also available.

Parents can register by calling the Quincy Family YMCA at (217) 222-9622.

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