A Halifax-area charity is hoping to help families after the province decided to delay the opening of schools for in-person learning by a week. Online learning is scheduled to begin Monday in Nova Scotia and students could return to class on January 17. As many parents scramble for babysitting, the YMCA of Greater Halifax and Dartmouth is stepping in. supervised space. The “Y School” program will run Monday through Friday next week, 8 am to 4 pm. The story continues under the ad “Hearing the sad news that we would be delaying back to school, we knew a lot of families would be left behind,” said Lorri Turnbull, Director of Development for YMCA Halifax / Dartmouth. echoed earlier sentiments of health officials that school is the safest place for children. She said the local YMCA has two great facilities and staff to accommodate students in a safe and socially distanced environment to complete their classes online. Turnbull says students will be supervised, supported throughout the day and fed at lunchtime. Trends The program “will also give families the opportunity to work or do what they have to do.” These measures include 50 percent capacity, masking, and sanitation. Turnbull said those programs filled up quickly this week, which showed the need for School Y. “The kids will be safe,” Turnbull said, noting the John W. Lindsay YMCA in Halifax. is a 70,000 square foot facility. “We will be able to keep the children away. Story continues under ad 1:55 Child Poverty Rates Underpin Nova Scotia Schools Decision Child Poverty Rates Underpin Nova Scotia Schools Decisions Did Not been able to manage such a program. Turnbull says that although their hands were tied last year, they are in a “very different situation” this time around. “We have been operating with COVID practices for almost two years… This is an opportunity for us to help.” The first families to obtain internships at School Y will include the 250 students that the YMCA offers after-care services. school in seven schools in the HRM. Turnbull said the program filled in two hours, but there could be a chance that some students will drop out. The program is free and registration is available here. See link »© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
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