Summer 2020 gave us a unique understanding of the deep and lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, families, and educators. It showed us how students could thrive in these unprecedented times.
Horizons Newark was able to swiftly switch its typical in-person programming to a virtual format and still provide high-quality instruction, physical activity, and social emotional learning for students and families.
Watch this video to learn about the impact Horizons Newark had in 2020:
Our work is not over and the impacts of the pandemic on student learning and health is expected to be significant (the “COVID slide”). Experts believe that some students may experience a year or more of learning loss due to remote learning. That is why, with the support of the Wilf Family Foundation, Horizons launched its first-ever year-long tutoring program, Tool-Up Tutoring. As part of this program, students and families:
- Connect with their Horizons teachers weekly for individualized or small-group instruction and support in math and literacy
- Join Wellness Wednesdays, when they can participate in yoga and mindfulness classes or counseling sessions
- Gain access to information about community resources, such as rent assistance and food pantries, especially for those families hit hardest by the economic impact of the pandemic
- Continue their strong bond with the Horizons community
Learn more about the COVID slide in this video: