SCCPSS offering virtual evening classes for K-5 students

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – To help accommodate families with certain scheduling needs, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is offering an evening program for younger students.

The TWILIGHT program will be available to students in kindergarten through fifth grade on weekdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Instruction is set to start on Monday, Sept. 21.

The program currently exists for middle and high school students. SCCPSS administrators say the expansion of the program for younger age groups is to provide greater educational accessibility.

“Many families have an early morning routine where they’re at work and they wanted to be with their kids in the evening during the learning time. And so this provides that opportunity,” said Dr. Kimberly Hancock, Associate Superintendent of Learning Support Services.

Students can either dual-enroll in the program and their schools, or elect to participate only in the TWILIGHT option. However, a student may not be taught by a teacher from their home school during the evening session of TWILIGHT.

Not only is the program available for those with scheduling concerns, but it’s also available for students in need of additional support.

Dr. Vallerie Cave, Associate Superintendent of K-12 Transformation, says many of the students who’ve enrolled so far are in kindergarten to second grade.

According to SCCPSS, all TWILIGHT curriculum is aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence based on grade level. Instruction will include English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Health and P.E.

“Most of the children right now are electing to have a lot of support in ELA and math,” said Dr. Cave.

The same instructional resources used during the day will be used for the TWILIGHT option, district officials say.

When the virtual learning period ends (a date has not yet been announced), students may transition back to their home schools for face-to-face instruction or elect to stay with TWILIGHT.

Much like regular virtual learning, students enrolled in the TWILIGHT program will have dinner delivered to them.

District officials also say they’ve been discussing the possibility of delivering WiFi hotspots to families who need them.

Sample schedule

Monday/Wednesday:

  • 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm – Special (Art/ Music)
  • 5:20 pm – 6:05 pm – ELA
  • 6:10 pm – 6:55 pm – Social Studies
  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Independent Learning

Tuesday/Thursday:

  • 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm – Special (PE)
  • 5:20 pm – 6:05 pm – Math
  • 6:10 pm – 6:55 pm – Science
  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Independent Learning

Fridays:

  • 4:30 pm – 6 pm
  • Reserved for additional services, small groups, intervention and enrichment activities

Up to 30 minutes of independent work will be assigned and can be completed prior to the TWILIGHT instructional sessions.

Registration

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Families interested in registering for the Virtual K-5 TWILIGHT program can follow this link or use the QR Code provided.

The application will be available until midnight on Sept. 8. 

SCCPSS says parents will be notified of acceptance and currently there is no cap on the number of students for the program.

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