Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities and play a critical role in supporting the whole child, not just their academic achievement.
Here at Human Options, the amazing staff at our Residential sites are diligently working with our local school districts to obtain free and/or low cost internet services and Chromebooks to complete the mandatory distance learning for the Fall semester.
At our Shelter we are planning to offer the Children’s Program classroom or an outside area as a space for the students to complete their distance learning. “We are hoping that creating this safe space will foster the encouragement among students to complete their daily lesson plans and also provide the parent’s educational support and time on their own to complete appointments without child distractions,” shares Stephanie Palmer, Children’s Advocate.
We are partnering more closely with Schools on Wheels to provide clients with additional educational support especially during work hours. Thanks to this deepened partnership, Schools on Wheels has donated K-6th grade worksheets, school supplies and books for all grades. This has been so helpful in providing continuous educational resources to families throughout the summer so that students do not fall behind especially with all of the uncontrollable changes occurring in our society and in their own individual lives.
We are continuing to stay creative during this trying time to support children as they return to school and their overall well-being.
For more information and resources preparing for a safe return to school from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) click here.
A special thank you to our donors and partners who have donated back to school supplies for our children and youth to prepare for school!