The Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) Tutoring Center at the high school officially went online this week.
On Monday, March 23, the first pairs of CSV volunteer tutors and high school students connected—or in some cases, reconnected—after a hiatus sparked by school building closures. As of Tuesday, March 23, 16 pairs were actively working together, with another nine pairs matched and ready to start. Instruction at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), and in all Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) from Grade 3 and up, is proceeding through universal distribution of Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and other distance learning tools.
We will continue to match CRLS students with community members who are already part of our corps of pre-screened volunteers for virtual help with their class work. Our staff are advising tutors on privacy and boundary protocols for providing academic support online. CSV staff are also communicating with middle “upper” school teachers and staff to determine how our services and those of our volunteers can be deployed to help. Our NetPals program, which provides seventh-graders with individual NetPal volunteers who are STEM-industry professionals, is on pause while we explore an effective virtual communication system in the context of school closure with CPS and with our corporate partners in the program.
Cambridge Public Schools’ announcements about school closures and school services are at cpsd.us/coronavirus.