Last week, I first saw a parent's inquiry on Facebook seeking other parents to join her for a creation of a "learning pod".   Clearly, that made me curious. What was a learning pod and how did it work?   A little scratching around led me to a KXNET story that enlightened me a bit more on the concept.  It's a way to share the responsibility of helping children distance learn on their Hybrid A/B at-home days. It seems, that by putting small groups of students together in one of the parents private home, the rest of the parents would be free to get back to work.  Until it's their turn.

Seems there's a lot of scheduling hassles that may be involved.  But you know what's a hassle?  Not going to work and not getting paid.

When the pandemic first impacted the state and shut down all schools in mid-March, many parents had much more free time as their jobs were also shut down prior to the smart-restart.  Not so anymore.  Many workers are feeling fortunate to have just been able to return to work.  These are smart and savvy parents that will figure out a way to work things out.  I'm sure you may be able to form your own pod through friends, your kids friends and family, or folks on Facebook.

Maybe it's a girl scout troop, or 4H Club, or some kind of other established youth group.  Like maybe Northern Plains Ballet's new learning HUB! This story comes out of KFYR TV.  Northern Plains is temporarily transforming their dance studios to learning hubs available weekdays from 9 to 4. I don't believe you gotta be a ballet student to get in.

I would think church facilities and other areas that have available space would be able to assist these pod and hub efforts.

I wish everyone well- people need to work and kids need to socialize.

Oh...and governments probably need a permit- and for you to wait 12 weeks to get one.