Students can drop by Pelham’s remote learning hub on Second Street. It’s a safe, supervised space where they can engage in distance learning with other children nearby.
FRAMINGHAM — For fifth-grader Alondra Marrero, remote learning with other kids nearby makes the day less lonely.
“I get to see my friends,” said Alondra, who attends McCarthy Elementary School. “It’s way better than having to see them over a screen and after school is over, I can talk or play with them.”
A drop-in remote learning center has sprouted on the second floor of the southside Pelham Life Long Learning Center. On Tuesday afternoon, 8-year-old Chy-Aair Person beamed into a virtual class, accompanied by his stuffed animal, “Jack Person.” At another table, at least 6 feet away, was Nolan Thebodeau, 6, who worked on a computer behind a cardboard divider. Beside him was a bottle of hand sanitizer.
Resident services coordinator Yemi Ajao zig-zagged around the room, fixing computer connectivity problems and making sure children were wearing masks. Later, he shot an email to a child’s teacher to double-check the student’s schedule.
“And we’re short-staffed today. We’re short-staffed every day,” said Ajao.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., students can drop by Pelham’s remote learning hub on Second Street for free. It’s a safe, supervised space where they can engage in distance learning with other children nearby. Wi-Fi is available, and meals and snacks are provided by the YMCA.
Currently, students enrolled in the Framingham Public Schools are learning 100% remotely, until health and school officials deem