August 31, 2020 -- Columbus City Schools today announced that it is partnering with Columbus Recreation and Parks to support the educational development of our city’s youth. Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will have Active Learning Points at many community centers, where students can bring their computer – or access a computer if needed – to complete and get assistance with schoolwork. The department also will have Physical Activity Sites where kids can participate in structured activities to help them stay active.
The announcement comes as part of Columbus Recreation and Parks' expansion of programming topics and ages served, and the opening of facilities including the Cultural Arts Center, Get Active fitness centers and the Columbus Aquatics Center.
At Active Learning Points, as well as other Learning Extension Centers hosted by community partners across the city, students will have access to internet and learning devices to assist them in remote learning. Staff at the centers will be able to assist students in accessing CCS Remote Learning and Digital Academy platforms. At many locations, students will also be able to get meals and may have access to "after-school"-type activities.
"We know that the best place for most students to learn is in the classroom -- but until we get a better handle on this virus, we know the safest way to start the year is in a remote learning environment," said Dr. Talisa Dixon, CEO/Superintendent, Columbus City Schools. "That is why community partnerships are so critical. We need our partners to rise up with us to take on the challenge of supporting our students and our families through these uncertain times.
"One way that Columbus City Schools is leveraging the power of partnerships is through the creation of these Learning Extension Centers -- which are safe, adult-supervised spaces where students can feel supported while learning virtually, and parents can feel comforted knowing that their child is in a safe, welcoming environment during the day."
The City of Columbus continues to prioritize keeping residents safe and healthy during the public health emergency, especially the city’s youth. Residents will see new safety protocols and adjusted formats for fall programming. Some of the changes include limiting group sizes, requiring advanced registration for all programs and facilities, and requiring face coverings.