DULUTH, MN -- Duluth elementary students will begin their distance learning Thursday. The middle and high schools are already learning from home.
With the possibility of online learning extending beyond three weeks, some families are looking for a little extra support to help their kids.
"There were students that were struggling with distance learning and with our digital learning platforms," Duluth Schools Curriculum Director Jen Larva said.
To help families during online learning, Duluth Schools partnered with the College of St. Scholastica to create a virtual after-school tutoring program.
"Sometimes that relationship between the caregiver and the student can be fraught, so it's nice to have an independent person come in and help and support the student and the family," said Kelly Durick Eder, associate professor at the College of St. Scholastica.
Families with students K-12th grade can sign up for the program online.
Duluth K-12th grade students will be partnered with a CSS student for tutoring over Zoom.
More than 70 CSS students have already signed up to tutor. Larva said the number of Duluth school students signed up is even greater.
"We've got a bunch. We have 148 families already that have signed up for tutoring support," she said.
Program leaders hope students on both ends will benefit.
"It allows them to mentor some of our younger students in the community," Eder said.
"And we hope to get future teachers out of the mentors, as well, in Duluth public schools," Larva said.
The tutoring program is expected to begin in the next two weeks.
Click here to sign up.