Tia explains pods are usually small, roughly 3 to 6 kids, and is meant to be a supplement to the child's online school. She says parents looking to form a pod with other families should find other students on the same schedule as their child.
When it comes to COVID safety precautions, Tia suggests the following tips:
- Make sure the pod teacher is tested for the virus
- Also, the students in the pod need to take a COVID test
- The teacher should wear a facemask and face shield
- Depending on the group of students, the kids might also wear masks
- Safety measures like handwashing, social distancing while in the pod, and the taking of temperatures is also done
- Additionally, family members where the pod is taking place should also be given a COVID test
Mom Amanda, who formed a neighborhood learning pod with the help of Tia, says she is concerned about COVID safety and stresses that full transparency among the families in the pod is key. If any child comes down with a cold or feels sick, it is immediately communicated with all the families.
Amanda says her kids are enjoying the learning pod and notes there have been a lot fewer tears compared to earlier in the year.
Pods are successful for many families, but are some kids without access to them being left behind? Find out what NYU professor Dr. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, author of “Inequality in the Promised Land,” says about these groups possibly widening the education gap many students must contend with, in the video below.