For Immediate Release
February 2, 2021
For more info: Brandon.Shope@nhcs.net
Hanover County Schools has been awarded $350,000 through the Innovative Childcare and Remote Extended Support (ICARES) federal grant.The funds will be used to establish partnerships with community organizations to provide supervised instructional childcare for Pre-K - 8 students without at-home supervision on remote learning days. Approximately 132 students will have access to three days of remote learning support for 18 weeks from January toJune 2021. The program aims to increase student achievement, reverse COVID-19 learning loss, alleviate childcare issues for working parents, increase remote learning support, and provide a social setting for students. Ten schools across the county are eligible.
As part of ICARES, summer program scholarships will also be awarded. Priority will be given to students who meet the at-risk criteria and have a parent who is an essential worker. Twenty student scholarships will provide up to seven weeks of summer programming with a NHCS community partner. Students will have access to an Internet connection, adult supervision, assistance with schoolwork, a designated area to complete schoolwork, and opportunities to build social-emotional skills.
In addition, the district will partner with Communities in School of Cape Fear to provide two locations of Freedom School, a six-week literacy-based self-efficacy and empowerment curriculum. The locations will serve 100 students in grades 3-8 and include transportation, school nurse services, and child nutrition.