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Minnesota parents rush to create 'learning pods' for distance learning


August 7, 2020

Brian Peterson • Star Tribune

As families prepare for the uncertainty of the school year, many are looking to learning pods. Katy and Carlos Armendariz, at back right, are looking to hire a teacher for a pod with Juliano, 5, and Gabriela, 9, along with kids from two other families.

Once she found out that Minneapolis Public Schools would be starting the year with online learning, Katy Armendariz started texting two oth­er fami­lies about how they could get through it together.

They decided to form a "learning pod" for their children and hire a part-time teacher to help.

The pod of six to seven students, the parents hope, will allow for some social- and group-learning experiences while providing the supervision and child care necessary to allow them to continue their own work.


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