COVID School: The latest option for parents struggling with NTI

COVID School: The latest option for parents struggling with NTI

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - From Non-Traditional Instruction tutors to nanny shares, there are many creative new businesses popping up to help parents worried about going back to virtual classrooms while trying to work. Now, the latest option takes all the work away from parents at the newly organized COVID School at Abigail Academy in Louisville.

“Trying to manage two full-time positions is a struggle,“ Louisville mother of two Annie Dawson said.

Dawson and her husband Bill work from home. Their daughter Mattie, is about to start her JCPS school experience at Dunn Elementary with NTI.

“We’re all sacrificing right now to figure out how to beat the coronavirus,” Dawson said, “but NTI is definitely a curveball for us.”

One option the Dawsons are considering is at Abigail Academy’s COVID School. The school offers two adults leading up to ten girls through NTI a day.

Abigail Academy is a Louisville business that offers weekly camps and birthday parties.
Abigail Academy is a Louisville business that offers weekly camps and birthday parties.

“We started having parents call and saying, what are you doing this fall?” Abigail Academy Founder Abbey Mueller explained to WAVE 3 News. “We had a lot more calls than we usually do.”

The board at Abigail Academy starting thinking about transitioning its successful summer girls camps held during the pandemic into a Monday through Friday school. Sanitizing and social distancing would remain the same.

“We want the families to have a drop-off and pick up,” Mueller said, also explaining it would be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or longer if afternoon sessions are required. “Parents will submit to me their syllabus. I’ll go through and highlight it and just make sure I understand the fundamental schedule of when each student is required to be on their screen time.”

When students are not doing specific school work, they can go to a reading nook, have art time, or work with a tutor.

The Abigail Academy's COVID School offers two adults leading up to ten girls through NTI a day.
The Abigail Academy's COVID School offers two adults leading up to ten girls through NTI a day. (Source: Gustavo Fring)

A big part of the COVID School aims to provide independent spaces with some safe socialization, which is something kids are not getting with NTI. Dawson says that’s the most appealing aspect for her family.

“If you can minimize the exposure these kids are having, it’s ideal because socialization is still a huge part of their daily life.”

COVID School is being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis at $250 dollars a week. Information about registration can be found by clicking here.

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