YMCA and Shelby County Schools Partnering For Student Success In Virtual Learning

August 26, 2020



MEMPHIS, TN (August 25, 2020)

Students and families are preparing a fully virtual method of instruction to begin the 2020 - 2021 school year. In order to ensure families and students have support in this virtual learning environment, the YMCA and Shelby County Schools are partnering to provide full-day, in-person care and virtual learning support at site locations throughout Shelby County. This care will provide support before, after, and during the virtual school day, along with meals and enrichment activities to keep kids engaged throughout the day.

Our District recognizes the need for families to have additional support in their child’s virtual learning experience during these challenging times,” said Superintendent Dr. Joris M. Ray. “To meet this need, we are proud to expand our partnership with the YMCA to provide Virtual Learning Academies and supplemental meals to our families.”

Jerry Martin, President and CEO of the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, stated, “The YMCA is honored to partner and support Shelby County Schools to serve the immediate needs of our community, especially our children. We truly are better together. We cannot do this work alone and are grateful to collaborate with our partners to provide these virtual learning academies and community meal sites.”

The Virtual Learning academies will help to bridge the gap for working parents by providing in-person care options for students to safely participate in their virtual learning classrooms. The program will also work to continue the meal services that the YMCA, Shelby County Schools, and other partner organizations have worked to provide since March of this year.

These virtual learning academies will run Monday through Friday from 6:30AM to 6:00PM at 70+ sites throughout Shelby County. Registration for the Virtual Learning academy begins on August 26, 2020 at 10AM. This service is provided at no cost to essential workers. In addition, the Y has secured funding to offset fees for families who qualify based on income and established need.

To register and find more information, please visit www.ymcamemphis.org/virtuallearning.

Continuing Meal Services

As the new school year starts, child nutrition is a critical part of education and ensuring students are fueled to learn and succeed. While SCS students will not be attending classes in-person, the Central Nutrition Center (CNC) will be working with every school in the District to provide grab and go bulks meals for virtual learners. As part of the joint commitment to healthy children and eliminating hunger, SCS and the YMCA are also continuing their partnership to offer breakfast, lunch, evening snack, and supper 7 days a week at community sites. The YMCA will be providing children with snack and a dinner meal every day, that families can pick-up at community meal sites throughout Shelby County.

Snack and Dinner Meal distribution at community sites will begin the week of August 31, 2020.

For a list of community meal sites or for more information on student meals and nutrition, or to become a host site for meal service, please visit www.ymcamemphis.org/food.



In addition, the YMCA is hiring employees to work in our virtual learning academies.

We are hosting hiring events all week Monday through Friday from 9AM- 7PM and Saturday from 10AM-2PM at 7171 Goodlett Farms Parkway in Cordova.

For more information, please visit www.ymcamemphis.org/workinchildcare.



Follow this link to watch a video about the joint announcement: