Introducing: Third Option™ Learning Hub!
Looking for another option to support your child’s virtual learning this fall? Trying to figure out how to balance work and home-learning? Do you value quality instructors and enrichment activities for your child? Check out Third Option™ Learning Hub at SSPAC for support for your Glynn County Virtual Learning.
Third Option™ was designed to support Glynn County Distance Learning and can also support home-school students! Classes will be held inside SSPAC’s bright and cheery studio spaces. Socialize safely in our full or part-time program. Choose the right level of support for your learner.
“Transcend traditional solutions by forging a path toward a third option. A third alternative moves beyond this way or that way to a higher and better way—a far better place than either had envisioned.” - Stephen R. Covey
Enrollment will require a $45 non-refundable enrollment fee. Fees paid weekly. Cancel at any time with a one week notice. A sibling discount of 30% is available. Complimentary early drop off and late pick up are available for 30 minutes on either side of programming. Additional surround care is offered at just $5/per hour.
Registration is now open for full-time and part-time students!
Choose The Right Level Of Support For Your Learner
✔️Choose 1, 2, or 3 days per week
✔️Distance Learning or Home-school
✔️Complimentary surround care
✔️No long term commitments - cancel at anytime
Welcome to Third Option™ Learning Hub
This FAQ Sheet has been prepared to answer parent questions about the Third Option™ Learning Hub and to help parents decide whether or not it would be a good fit to support their child’s education for fall.
What is the purpose of the Third Option™ Learning Hub?
Third Option™ Learning Hub is a way our business (Studio South Performing Arts Center) can support local schools by keeping enrollments in local districts via Glynn County Distance Learning (GCDL). It’s also a way to offer support for parents who may not be comfortable going back to traditional school this fall and who also may be looking for more support and socialization than may be available at home.
Is this only for children in the GCDL?
We will be open all of the first semester to serve GCDL students. But we also have space to serve families who need support for home-schooling (as long as work is sent with them to complete).
How is Third Option™ Learning Hub different from a school?
Third Option™ Learning Hub is a 3 day per week service offering at Studio South Performing Arts Center, an independent youth learning facility, which does not operate under the same guidelines as public schools. As a private organization, we are able to set our own class sizes, educational best practices and standards of care. Studio South Performing Arts Center follows our national association guidelines.
Where will the Third Option™ Learning Hub be held?
All classes will meet at the Studio South PAC facility which is located at 1312 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA. The facility has 2 instructional rooms, a lunch area, parking, security systems, and outdoor space.
What ages can the Third Option™ Learning Hub currently serve?
Third Option™ Learning Hub is currently able to serve 7-18 year old students.
What is the daily schedule?
We will only be operating 3 days per week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
We have two options for those 3 days: Half days (8:30am-11:30am) or full days (8:30am-2:30pm). According to our current understanding of the GCDL schedule, mornings will be focused on part of the student's virtual learning (at appropriate lengths for different ages) and afternoons will be for the second portion of their virtual learning and will include time for extended study and/or enrichment activities. There will also be time each day for lunch, physical activity and getting outside.
What do the full day students do for lunch?
Students will bring their own lunch and snacks each day.
What are class sizes?
Each class will be limited to 10 students, which will be considered a hub. Each cohort will stay together for learning, lunch and enrichment activities to minimize community exposure.
Our initial offering will be 2 different hub of 10 students each according to the following grades: 2nd- 6th, 7th-12th. Hubs may be combined if needed to make groups of 10. For example, if there are five 6th graders and five 7th graders, they would be combined into one hub of 10.
What if I try to register and it’s full?
We will keep a waiting list and reach out if a space opens up. We are also actively working with other community organizations to seek additional space and/or to provide other leaders with a framework to provide this type of service on their own.
Do you have surround care available?
We will add this feature if there is enough need. Please indicate your interest here.
Who will be supervising the students?
Each classroom will be staffed by adult Instructional Guides whose role is to help the students to log-in to GCDL and navigate virtual learning each day. Our instructional guides are also there to create a sense of community, foster safe socialization and facilitate daily enrichment activities among learners. In some cases, there will be one instructional guide for the morning and one for the afternoon to minimize teacher exposure and to maximize classroom coverage for when subs are needed.
Is there a fee?
Yes, Third Option™ Learning Hub is a fee-based service similar to a day camp or other youth development activities. Registration requires a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $45 which will hold your space between now and the start of classes. Beginning the first week of classes, weekly fees of $20/per day for half days or $30/per day for full days or $75/week for all 3 days. This fee will be charged to your account on Monday of each week. For your convenience weekly fees will be drafted automatically beginning Monday, Aug. 31 until you terminate your enrollment or the end of the GCDL.
Please note: A one week notice is required to withdraw.
Yes! We do have a sibling discount for this program of 30%. So if you have one child in 4th grade and one in 2nd and you are choosing part-time programming, you would pay $25/day for the first child and $17.50/day for the 2nd child.
Why is there a fee?
Weekly fees are charged to cover expenses such as the hiring of staff, training, administration, equipment, wifi, materials, cleaning and space.
Is there financial assistance?
Not at this time.
What protections and procedures are in place to fight community spread of COVID-19?
Studio South PAC follows the More Than Just Great Dancing!® Safer Studio™ policies and procedures which focuses on a hierarchy of measures beginning with avoiding contact with anyone with symptoms, followed by frequent hand cleaning and good hygiene practices, amplified cleaning, and minimizing contact and mingling.
What measures are put in place to foster a sense of normalcy for children in a pandemic world?
The mere act of getting up in the morning, getting dressed and “going to school” can be a significant anchor for a child in a turbulent time. Daily routines are stabilizing for children. Our small class sizes and structure minimize risk and maximize the joyful parts of schools such as socialization. Our classrooms are well lit and cheery. The artwork of children and youth is displayed prominently down our hallways. Important routines of school such as classroom greetings, newsletters, enrichment activities and community building are not only still present in our program, they are more important than ever.
Do you do temperature checking?
Our staff is temperature checked on a daily basis, but we do not temperature check students.
Will the staff and students have to wear masks?
Masks are optional for both staff and students. However, if our staff need to approach a student for one-on-one help, they will be required to wear a mask.
What is your illness protocol?
Staff, parents and students should know the symptoms of COVID-19:
Shortness of breath
Muscle and joint pain (multiple)
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of sense of smell
Staff and students should notify the Third Option Learning™ Hub administrators and contact healthcare providers if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness and will be asked to STAY HOME until they are symptom-free for 72 hours. Any student who becomes unwell during the school day will wait in a special isolation area, which is supervised by a staff member, until a parent or guardian can arrive.
Students or staff who test positively for COVID-19 will follow the country’s current recommendations for self isolation. Students may take up to a two week leave of absence and keep their place in the program. If there is a positive report of COVID-19 in our learning community, we will follow the county’s current guidelines for notifications.
How do I register?
Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 8am. The first round of registration will be those who are seeking FULL DAY, 3 DAY placement. Remaining spaces will be made available on Monday at noon for those seeking half days or fewer than five days per week.
Registration requires a $45, non-refundable registration fee. Weekly fees will begin on Monday, August 31 and will be charged weekly on Mondays.
At the end of next week, all enrolled students will receive an student profile form so that we can get to know your students better, complete necessary waiver forms, and begin our hiring process to find the right Instructional Guides for your child’s hub.
You can expect to hear from your Instructional Guide a couple of days before school and a virtual tour of the facility will be made available at that time as well. A private FB page will be started for our learning community at the end of the month to foster a sense of community between families and students.
Welcome to Third Option™ Learning Hub!
We are looking forward to meeting you!