Destination Education Learning Hub has been created as a response to our community needs due to COVID-19. More children will be making the switch to remote learning for the 2020-2021 School Year and are in need of a safe, clean, learning environment that provides a space for independent learning, as well as safe social interaction.
Led by background checked, adult Instructional Guides/Tutors, Destination Education Learning Hub will provide an opportunity for students to complete their required remote learning, as well as participate in daily enrichment activities such as art, music, acting, basic dance, STEM, yoga/stretching, etc. in a safe, socially distanced and small group environment.
Destination Education Learning Hub is a way we can support our local schools by keeping enrollments in local districts via their virtual learning platforms. It’s also a way to offer support for parents who may be looking for more help and socialization than may be available at home.
We will release more information as specific plans as released from the schools, but want to provide you with preliminary information and the opportunity to enroll since space is limited. We are doing all we can to prepare a safe, social and fun experience for your children!
What are the eligibility requirements for the Destination Education Learning Hub, and what are we responsible for bringing each day?
When will the first day of classes begin?
Classes at Destination Education Learning Hub will begin on Monday, August 24.
Where will the Destination Education Learning Hub be held?
The learning hub will meet at Destination Arts Oak Ridge facility which is located in the Oak Ridge Commons/Lowes Foods Shopping Center (2205 Oak Ridge Road).
What grades will the Learning Hub serve?
Currently, our learning hub is set up to serve Kindergarten through 5th grades.
What is the daily schedule?
Our learning hub will run from 8am-2pm, Monday through Friday. According to our current understanding of the local school’s remote schedules, mornings will be focused on virtual learning and afternoons will be for enrichment activities. Times will be altered as school schedules continue to change.
What do students do for lunch?
Students will bring their own lunch, snacks, and water bottle each day.
What are class sizes?
Classes will be limited by room square footage and social distancing guidelines. Kindergarten can take 5 students, and 1st through 5th grade can take 15 students, grouped by age/grade, which will be considered a cohort or “pod”. Each pod will stay together for learning, lunch and enrichment activities to minimize community exposure.
How is the Learning Hub different from a school??
Destination Education Learning Hub is a service offering at Destination Arts, an independent youth learning facility, which does not operate under the same guidelines as public schools. As a private organization, we are able to set our own class sizes, educational best practices and standards of care. Destination Arts follows our national association guidelines and is independently Safer Studio™ certified.
What if I try to register and it’s full?
We will keep a waiting list and reach out if a space opens up.
Who will be supervising the students?
Each cohort will be staffed by background checked, adult Instructional Guides/Tutors whose role is to help the students to log-in to their remote classrooms and navigate virtual learning each day. Instructional Guides will assist children in staying on task, completing their assignments, encouraging their best work, and answering their questions. Our instructional guides are also there to create a sense of community, foster safe socialization and facilitate daily enrichment activities among learners.
Is there a fee?
Yes, the Destination Education Learning Hub is a fee-based service similar to a day camp or other youth development activities. Registration requires a one-time, non-refundable enrollment fee of $30 which will hold your space between now and the start of classes. This enrollment fee is separate from Destination Arts dance and music programs. Beginning the first week of classes, weekly fees of $160 per week will be charged to your account on Monday of each week. For your convenience, weekly fees will be drafted automatically from your card on file beginning Monday, Aug. 24 until you terminate your enrollment or full, in-person school resumes and there is no longer a need for our program. Weekly payments allow families flexibility to re-enter school should that become an option or go back to learning from home if that becomes necessary. There is a 10% sibling discount offered.
Please note: Due to limited space in this program, a one-week notice is required to withdraw, through phone call or email to our office. 336-740-6891 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Why is there a fee?
Weekly fees are charged to cover expenses such as the hiring of staff, background checks, training, administration, equipment, wifi, materials, cleaning, utilities and space.
What protections and procedures are in place to fight the community spread of COVID-19?
Destination Arts follows the More Than Just Great Dancing!® Safer Studio™ policies and procedures which focuses on a hierarchy of measures beginning with avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms, followed by frequent hand cleaning and good hygiene practices, amplified cleaning, and minimizing contact and mingling. CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR FULL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND FACILITY ADJUSTMENTS!
What measures are put in place to foster a sense of normalcy for children in a pandemic world?
The mere act of getting up in the morning, getting dressed and “going to school” can be a significant anchor for a child in a turbulent time. Daily routines are stabilizing for children. Our small class sizes and structure minimize risk and maximize the joyful parts of schools such as socialization. Important routines of school such as classroom greetings, newsletters, enrichment activities and community building are not only still present in our program, they are more important than ever.
Will the staff and students have to wear masks?
Our current NC Executive Order requires all staff and students over the age of 11 to wear a cloth face covering when they cannot be distanced 6 feet apart. Our staff will wear face coverings at all times. Students over the age of 11 may remove their mask when at their distanced desk areas (if your family feels comfortable), but must wear a face covering when entering/exiting and moving around our facility. Masks for students under the age of 11 are at family discretion. Once the executive order expires, parents will be allowed to make their own decision for their children of all ages regarding masks and face coverings, unless another order is put into place. Anyone who cannot wear a mask due to developmental, medical, or behavioral health needs is exempt.
Will students have their temperatures checked upon entrance?
Our staff is temperature checked on a daily basis, but we do not temperature check students because of current CDC recommendation. Parents or caregivers are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of infectious illness every day. Students who are sick should not attend in-person.
What is your illness protocol?
Staff, parents and students should know the symptoms of COVID-19:
Staff and students should notify Destination Arts and contact healthcare providers if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness and will be asked to STAY HOME until they are symptom-free for 72 hours. Any student who becomes unwell during the school day will wait in a special isolation area, which is supervised by a staff member, until a parent or guardian can arrive.
Students or staff who test positively for COVID-19 will follow the country’s current recommendations for self-isolation. Students may take up to a two-week leave of absence and keep their place in the program. If there is a positive report of COVID-19 in our learning community, we will follow the county’s current guidelines for notifications.
More information will be added as questions arise.
Schedule & Tuition
8:00am-2:00pm Monday through Friday –
We are accepting (limited) enrollments in grades K-5 at this time.
Pod Size & Instructional Guides
Students will be grouped into small group “pods” or cohorts based on age/grade, with an instructional guide/tutor for each pod. Each pod will have limited capacity to keep with social distancing and is capped per square footage of each room. (Kindergarten will be limited to only 5 students.)
Community & Socialization
- Minimize Risk
- Maximize Joy
- CDC Cleaning Protocols
- Certified Safer Studio™ Procedures
- Academic Support
- Enrichment Activities to support the whole child
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