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After-school Activities Go Online


CIARA LONG, HOST: It’s the end of New York’s first week of online learning since schools closed this month. For 2.6 million students in the state, this doesn’t just mean virtual classes; all their extracurricular activities are also moving online. Janmaris Perez reports on how teachers and students are making it work. JANMARIS PEREZ, BYLINE: Sarah Boice-Pardee is an eighth-grader in Rochester. She’s been taking voice lessons at Turley Music Studios for three years. Now her voice lessons are online, but they’re still keeping her sane throughout the chaos. SARAH BOICE-PARDEE: It actually gives you a schedule and it just makes the day feel a lot more like a normal day and less like just being trapped in your house. PEREZ: David Meyers is the founder of RockOnMusicSchool. In Meyers’ two decades teaching music, this is the first time he’s taught guitar lessons online. He says keeping these lessons are important for two reasons: DAVID MEYERS: Number one, keep those skills up. But number two, actually just have someone else that they can now contact socially, and obviously that's important right now because we're all becoming more and more isolated. PEREZ: Meyers says extracurricular routines are especially important for students with special needs, like autism, who rely on routine and social interaction. But for these classes to work, these kids need a lot more guidance than usual. MEYERS: They're going to need guidance on their end to direct their attention to the screen, to direct their attention to the instructions that I give them. PEREZ: That’s just one more role parents will have to take on as they continue to work and teach from home. Janmaris Perez, Columbia Radio News.

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