A family internet center at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School will open Thursday to aid students in virtual learning.

The Mt. Hope location joins one at Henry E. Lackey High School as an internet center focused on providing WiFi to students in need of the resource to complete their schoolwork. The Lackey location opens Wednesday, Sept. 2, with Mt. Hope’s center opening on Thursday, Sept. 3.

The study hall-type spaces are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Lackey’s gym and the gym/cafeteria of Mt. Hope. Desks will be socially distanced with families able to sit together. Space is limited and must be reserved between 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. the day before you want to book a space by calling 301-934-7213. Families can schedule up to five consecutive days at once.

Students 15 or younger must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or adult who is a caregiver. The adult will fill out a health screening for themselves and their children before going into the center.

Students using the centers must sign in and wear a face covering/mask when entering and leaving the space, and to and from the restrooms. Students must log on and stay connected to their scheduled instruction.

Students should bring their laptop or learning device to the center. A limited number of desktop computers may be available. Students should not make disruptive sounds or behaviors, and are asked to use headphones or earbuds.

Parents/guardians must remain with their child(ren) while at the school unless the student is 16 or older. Parents will sign in using a picture ID and wear a face covering/mask when entering and leaving the gym, and to and from the restrooms. Other requirements include that the student arrives and leaves on time (no earlier than 7 a.m., no later than 7 p.m.), and that cell phones are silenced. Calls may take place outside of the gym. Parents are asked to ensure their child(ren) is not disruptive and should bring lunch, water and snacks for their child. Adults can bring their own technology device and use the CCPS BYOD WiFi. They should use headphones or earbuds while in the family internet center.

Parents/guardians will park in designated areas at the schools. At Lackey, the center’s entrance is back of the gym. After driving up the school’s entrance hill, pass the circle and make a right into the parking lot. At Mt. Hope, internet center visitors should park in front of the school (in the bus lanes) and enter the center on the left side of the building.

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