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Here’s a list of common questions we’ve compiled about The Discovery’s Hybrid & Distance Learning Support program. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for here, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 775-398-5953.
Our instructors will maintain a regular schedule to support students’ virtual learning. This means giving them time to connect with classroom teachers, watch online content or do research as directed by their classroom teacher. There will be designated breaks for students to socialize and play outside and in the museum throughout the day. After virtual learning and during extended hours, students can engage in hands-on projects.
Our instructors are not certified teachers or tutors, but will do their best to help students engage in their school work. Educational lessons vary greatly from school to school and we cannot guarantee staff will be able to answer all questions or help complete all assignments in the same manner as their classroom teacher.
Parents are asked to provide the technology their students will need to engage in virtual learning. Students will have access to The Discovery’s Wi-Fi and approved websites. We are asking that all students know their log-ins and passwords needed for virtual learning. If you are not able to provide a computer or smart device to use for distance learning, please let us know. We do not want a lack of access to technology to prevent a student from participating in this program.
Yes. Both museum staff and students will be required to wear face masks for the duration of the program. Students will be able to take their face masks off during snack and lunch times. In the event your child forgets their face mask, we will supply one.
Students will be separated into groups which will be dispersed throughout the entire building to allow for appropriate distancing. Additionally, museum staff will do their best to create situations where students can be physically separate. However, we cannot guarantee students will always remain six or more feet apart.
The Discovery is following CDC guidelines for daily health screenings. Each day, we will be checking every students’ temperature as well as everyone present in the vehicle at drop-off. We will also be asking caregivers to verify they have no COVID-19 symptoms, no known COVID-19 exposure, and have not traveled beyond Washoe County for two weeks prior to the first day of enrollment.
Beginning at 7:50am, museum staff will meet you at your vehicle in the designated drop-off lane in the front of our building (Center Street). Museum staff will greet your family, verify enrollment, and then begin the health screening process for students and all family members in your car. We are recommending limiting the number of caregivers who drop-off and pick-up your student to two. This will minimize the number of people connected to the program.
Snacks and lunches are not provided. Drinking fountains throughout the museum have been turned off, however we have the ability to fill up water bottles for students. All families are asked to provide snacks, lunch, and a water bottle for their student.
We will be cleaning the program rooms after every activity and before and after lunch. We will be using EPA-recommended cleaning materials and ensuring adequate wait time for the spray to effectively sanitize the objects, tables, etc. being cleaned. Each separate student group and only that group will have a designated space in the museum to explore. At the end of the day, each museum exhibition hall will be cleaned and sanitized.
Each student group will have a maximum of 18 children and 1 staff member in the classroom. There will also be several museum staff involved in the aftercare program and 2 administrative staff who will have minimal contact with students.
Aftercare will run until 5:30 pm and students will be in the museum or outside in our designated recreation area until families arrive. In the event, there isn’t a staff member to greet you, you will be able to call the program manager at 775-398-5920 when you arrive, and a staff member will bring your student to your vehicle.
You will be immediately notified if your child shows any signs of illness. Students will be asked to stay home for a minimum of 72 hours and only allowed to return to the program if they are symptom free without the use of medication.
We ask that if you suspect someone in your family has COVID-19, or your family has had direct exposure to someone with COVID-19, that you take your student out of the program as soon as symptoms start and not have the student return until you have a confirmed negative test. We will give pro-rated refunds for any family in which a student or family member tests positive for COVID-19.
Students will be asked to wash their hands after activities as well as before and after snack and lunch. We will also have hand sanitizer available throughout the building and in the classroom spaces.
The Discovery staff will communicate any major changes to the program. We anticipate using email and phone communication to help families stay abreast of any changes to our program.
We would recommend checking with your primary care providers. They are in the best position to make a professional judgement based upon an individual’s health status and their suitability for the program environment at this time.
We are asking all families to communicate quickly in the event of a possible exposure to COVID-19. Do not bring your student to The Discovery if they are exhibiting any signs of illness. Follow the guidelines of the CDC and the Nevada Department of Health regarding hygiene and social distancing and stay connected to new information as we all learn more about living in Nevada with COVID-19.