LOS ANGELES - We are just weeks away from the new remote school year starting. Parents are scrambling to find tutors or learning pods so their children can go to some form of school this semester.
Businesses are transforming with the times, turning their office space into learning pods for lease! They are pivoting to meet parent's demands, and there is a lot of it!
"I came up with this idea to change my studio into learning pods," says Jodi Schilling, who owns the dance studio Releve Studios in Northridge. "They would log on to their school's educational platform, and my instructors would help navigate that."
Starting in a few weeks, the studio will host two learning pods for elementary-aged kids. The kids will be six feet apart, have their temperatures checked, and wear masks.Jodi says, "We would start at 8 am and go to 2:30 pm just like a normal elementary school day. We've kept it to $250 a week that breaks down to $7.50 an hour."
If you're looking for a space to rent out for your learning pod, Miss Shannon’s Sewing Studio in Valley Village is now a mini-school. From 7 am to 3 pm, they will be offering the studio to other groups of kids that want to use the studio.
Albright is now offering up her studio for $100 to $150 per day for parents to hold a learning pod of four to six students.
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A+ Tutoring in the San Fernando Valley is pivoting to meet the pod demand as well. Roman Slavinsky from A+ Tutoring says, “We started setting up these small learning pods which are between two to five kids. Our cap is 5 to make sure everything stays safe the kids are in the same grade in the same school.”
The company’s pod services began on August 1st. They ask for parents to find an outdoor space where one of their teachers will supervise the student's remote school day. Per hour per student, it will cost $20 to $65.