Eight Things to Consider When Selecting an After-School Class for Your Child During COVID-19
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Examine the schedule. In-person classes should be scheduled at staggered times so that there is no overcrowding or overtaking others when coming and going, notes Leo Young, founder of OptimizedFamily.com.
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Look at the list of supplies. Children should not share anything during extracurricular activities. This means that arts and crafts supplies, musical instruments and sports equipment should be reserved for individual use.
Select contactless sports. If your child really wants to play a sport, choose something that is non-contact (or has been modified to be non-contact), like socially distant martial arts, tennis, indoor rock climbing, to name a few. -a. These are easy activities for practicing social distancing, and not everyone touches the same equipment.
Consult the list of classes. Ideally, the same children should attend each class each week – the less mixing, the better, notes Dave Pedley of YourCub.com.
Assess your child’s abilities. If your child doesn’t like distance learning, there’s a nice change that they won’t be thrilled with a virtual after-school program. And if she has a hard time keeping her mask on, then wearing one to an in-person activity might be a challenge for her.
Refer to the refund policy. Any program should have a clear policy in place – preferably in writing – about what happens in the event the business should shut down due to COVID restrictions. Do they freeze your membership? Is a partial refund possible? Are payments or deposits carried over to the next session? No one wants to lose money, so don’t overlook this important step.