No child has to be home alone
after school, simply because of
the unavailability of affordable care.
To provide a safe place to go after school, with nurturing staff and fun activities, that engage kids, while building character and encouraging community involvement, that is affordable for the average family.
Affordable school-age supervision & support in a nurturing camp like
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Well, the reality is, even though it is best for middle school students to be in a supervised, safe place where they can be with their friends, they are actually old enough to be on their own. What we have done at Bridge, is come up with a program that will meet parents’ needs for supervision, assignment help and monitoring; with our students’ desperate need to socialize with their friends. All will be done safely distanced at home, using breakout (‘hang out’) rooms monitored by our staff, to further guard against mischief.
Students would sign in online and join with video & audio access. We would do a group welcome activity, like our very popular ‘Word of the Day’ and then let them break into hang out rooms for a quick catch up with friends. Later they would settle in to do their assignments, by grade level (6th, 7th or 8th). Your student would then be muted, but visible to the staff member monitoring that room. As students need help, they would go to break-out rooms, where a staff member could answer their questions. Again, as before, Bridge helps with homework, but we are not a tutoring service. However, we will have access to check your student’s assignments and determine if assignments are missing, so that we can remind them and let you know, as well. During this time, as always, Bridge will enforce the ‘cell phones down’ policy during study times, to limit distractions and staff will encourage ‘day dreamers’ and ‘wanderers’ to get back to work. As we do in Bridge, if students need to go offline to grab something from another room or for a bathroom break, they will sign out with us, leave their camera rolling and be expected back within five minutes. Additionally, we will be offering enrichment activities like virtual ‘field trips’, games, puzzles, movies, cooking & crafts, all from the safety of your home. We know that this isn’t exactly like our onsite program in our fabulous Bridge space, but we have tried to recreate the things most important to parents and students, while still providing a safe, productive and fun space for kids to hangout. We also know how difficult the last trimester was for families and are simply attempting to ease the burden a bit, especially for parents who had to add teaching and tracking to your already full days.
Bridge will be online from 1:00 – 5:00 pm MTTHF, to monitor students’ daily progress, answer assignment questions, liaison between students, teachers and parents regarding missing or incomplete assignments and offer enrichment activities like virtual ‘field trips’, games, puzzles, movies, science experiments, cooking & crafts,
1:00 – 1:30 – Students sign into Bridge Online
1:20 – Parents are notified by text if their student has not yet checked in.
1:00 – 1:30 - Students break into Chat rooms to ‘hang out’ and catch up with friends.
1:30 – 1:35 – Bridge announcements & Word of the Day.
1:35 – 2:05 – Quiet monitored homework time, break out for assignment help. Phones need to be face down & visible.
2:05 – 2:15 – Break – students can run to the bathroom, fill water bottles, check phones & chat.
2:15 – 2:45 – Students finish class & home assignments
2:45 - 3:00 - Break – students can run to the bathroom, fill water bottles and grab a snack. Phones can now be used again.
3:00 – Options
1) Students who have not finished assignments, break into a chat to finish class, home and any missed assignments.
2) Students will be given a choice of activities to do with friends, such as a craft, game, puzzle, scavenger hunt, virtual field trip video or even a movie.
3) Students may choose to go into supervised Chat Rooms with friends.
5:00 – All students leave online*
*Parents of students who leave online early, without prior parent agreement, will receive a text letting them know.
Although our weekly program time has only been reduced by less than 1.5 hours per week, we decided to reduce our monthly fees to support families who may be earning less during these difficult times. We also have a limited number of Scholarships to discount fees, available to families needing more help. Please contact us for more information.
Who Can Apply?
All middle school students ( grades 6, 7, 8)
What are the hours?
The Program is available MTTHF from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, but may change slightly to accommodate changing school schedules. It is available all days that school is in session.
What is the cost?
Fees are $125 per month.
When are Fees due?
Fees are due on the first day of each month. Students will not be able to attend if fees are not paid by the 10th day of the month, without contacting Bridge prior to that time.
Are Scholarships available?
A limited number of scholarships are available to families in need of help.
Is there a Registration Fee?
There is a $25 Registration Fee.
How do I pay?
Payments are processed by PayPal. You will receive an invoice by email directing you how to make a payment. Payments can also be mailed to our offices at 700 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 199, Larkspur, CA 94939
How will students connect to Bridge Online?
Bridge uses Zoom to connect with students. Students will be sent the link to join the Bridge Program.
How long will Bridge operate online?
We have no idea, but we plan to return to our onsite program as soon as we are able to offer the safest possible face to face program for students, families and our Bridge staff.
How can I contact Bridge?
The best way to reach Bridge is by email email@example.com, but you can also call our offices at 415 343-2353
How can I contact the Site Manager of this program?
You can text or call Sareesha at 415 343-7344 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Due to the Covid-19 protocols for face to face contact, Bridge Afterschool has gone Online! None of the following options are available at this time. Please Register Online & wait for an invoice with instructions about paying safely.
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