Local church, community health initiative provide computer lab space for distance learning

The Victoria I.S.D. resumes face-to-face instruction on Tuesday, September 8 but students still have the option to keep learning from home.

VICTORIA, Texas – A local church and community health initiative partnered earlier this summer to host a family movie night where parents were surveyed about their most immediate needs.

Through the surveys, C3 Victory and Be Well Victoria, discovered parents needed access to technology and the internet in order to protect their children from the threat of COVID-19 during this school year.

“We opened up a room, we do have enough room to have physical distancing , so we have big round tables and maybe two chairs at each table, we have four or five huge bean bags for those that are doing story time, or things like that, where they can also get some relaxing time in the process,” said Jodi Sandoval of Be Well Victoria.  “We have a playground outside already installed and so when they have a break the kids are able to go and get some wiggles out and then come back and get back to work.”

The Victoria I.S.D. resumes face-to-face instruction on Tuesday, September 8 but students still have the option to keep learning from home.

“Just creating those spaces where parents do have choices,” Sandoval said. “And that they don’t have to make a choice depending on not having access to computers or Internet.”

As of Wednesday, hotspots ordered for the Victoria I.S.D. through the state had not yet arrived, although they were anticipated to be received earlier last week.

Sandoval encourages other faith organizations to consider creating community computer labs with social distancing for families without access to the Internet.

“I am praying that more churches will reach out and say, ‘Hey, how did you do this?'” Sandoval said. “”It’s kind of hard to concentrate on who God is when your stomach is hungry and when you’re just trying to figure out how your kids are going to be able to go to school, so I think when we begin to understand the whole person, then we’re really able to really demonstrate who God is.”

Kids Connection located across the street from Pattie Welder Middle School also has computers and workspaces available for students who still need to finish registering for the 2020-2021 school year.

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