Upstate tutors flooded with parents requesting help for upcoming school year

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – School districts in the Upstate are rolling out back-to-school plans for the fall and parents must choose which one fits their family the best.

Parents fear their child’s education will have to suffer in order to keep them safe from the virus, but Upstate tutors are urging parents to not let them fall behind.

Instead of letting kids struggle, parents are turning to local tutors in the area- many of which are now flooded with parents asking about services or advice on how to navigate through this school year from home.

“Everyone is looking for help on how to set up their house to be able to work and learn from home. They’re looking for cooperative learning groups so that their students get some interaction,” Heather Scott, co-owner at Tutor Greenville, said.

Scott said they’ve seen an 80% increase in the number of parents contacting them for services compared to this time last year.

During a normal year, parents do not begin contacting them for tutoring services until October- which is after schools send home the first round of progress reports. But Barbara McNamara, co-owner at Tutor Greenville, says parents have already started contacting them now.

Tutors will be adhering to safety precautions outlined by the CDC:

  • Tutors will have a face shield and table shield when working with students
  • Disinfecting between students
  • Social distancing
  • Virtual tutoring through Zoom

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