By John W. Davis
INGLEWOOD — As the Inglewood Unified School District moves forward with distance learning, virtual tutoring is becoming an important service for students and their parents. However, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, there may still be a place for in-person learning.
District leaders realize not every parent or guardian is able to help their children during online school hours, which overlap with traditional work hours for many Inglewood residents.
That’s why Inglewood Unified is considering partnering with the Westchester Family YMCA to offer free full-day distance learning support for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The day camp would be an in-person space for virtual classroom and homework support Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
District leaders said the goal would be to provide students academic support, while following all COVID-19 safety guidelines. If you are interested in the program, you can complete the IUSD Distance Learning Support Survey here.
The district also is offering virtual tutoring sessions for elementary school and middle school students currently enrolled in the district’s after-school education and safety program. The sessions are held Monday through Friday between 2:30 and 5 p.m and additional enrollment opportunities for parents and their children to participate are available.
However, district officials realize parents, students and even staff members will need answers to technical questions and help trouble-shooting issues. The district has created a help desk staffed by the district’s technical support team.
Staff can help with challenges or issues related to district-supplied laptops, chrome books, cell phones, and hotspots. The Help Desk can be reached between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (310) 680-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Administrator Erika Torres said she is excited to see students grow socially and academically as the year progresses.
It is a districtwide initiative that every student receives their own digital device like a chrome book, as well as physical textbooks. District leaders have also created one-to-one assistance with the Google Classroom platform, ClassLink, and other technology needs.