Thank you for your patience…
while we figured out safe and creative solutions for working through this crisis. We’ve been able to come up with and enact productive ways for students to stay in line with their educational goals and for staff to still provide services to those students. Thank you to our students, staff, and volunteer tutors for being proactive with these necessary, and hopefully temporary, changes – we’ll keep you posted as new updates become available.
Updates as of 7/13/20
LearningQuest’s limited reopening
Due to the Governor’s latest orders, our Learning Center has temporarily closed to HSE student instruction and transition services. However, tutoring services at the Stanislaus County Library for Adult Literacy and KidsQuest is still being held outside on the portico.
Safety precautions will still be taken at LearningQuest sites include face shields, hand sanitizer, face masks, directional walking paths, and social distancing will help to keep the learning environment sanitary and still conducive for learning. LearningQuest staff will be on-site and available for checking in, support, etc.
Although students are not receiving instruction at the Learning Center in downtown Modesto, staff will still be on site for regular office hours (M-Th, 8:30-4). This site is open to the public for inquiries, but due to safety precautions, we request giving us a call for questions or schedule a time for a visit by contacting 209-548-9266.
Continuing instruction for HSE students
Students in the High School Equivalency (HSE) program will be able to continue their learning and transitions services online and in person. Schedules will be assigned to each student to coordinate time frames of classroom and online work. Although all instruction is now available online and in digital form, the in-person class time is another option for students to receive additional one-on-one learning support in order to maintain educational progress.
Every HSE instructor has been assigned students to monitor and guide through assignments. They will be able to keep in contact with each other through email, text, phone, Skype, and online educational platforms to learn and get support right away.
For questions about the HSE diploma program or signing up for orientation, contact Suzanna at 209-672-6663, firstname.lastname@example.org
For current LearningQuest HSE students to schedule a meeting with a Transitions Specialist, contact Sarah Ayers at 209-672-6576, email@example.com.
Literacy tutoring and KidsQuest at the Library
Students receiving one-on-one tutoring through Adult Literacy Tutoring and KidsQuest will be able to meet at designated tables placed outside on the portico of the Stanislaus County Library (facing 15th St.) as another option to continue their learning. Tutoring students must make reservations for 45 minute time increments, beginning at 8:30 am with the last reservation held at 11:30 am.
For more info or to make a reservation, contact: Rose Jurado at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katelynn Christensen at email@example.com, 209-558-4505.
Staff still providing services
LearningQuest staff will continue to work limited hours on-site and remotely from home. We have updated our communication and digital access logistics so employees will still be able to get their work done efficiently. This will ensure that essential tasks, such as submitting important reports and being available for student calls, are accomplished in order to meet mission and student educational goals. This means that all staff are available for you to contact if needed, click the button below for our directory.
LearningQuest – Stanislaus Literacy Centers
June 18, 2020 – I am grateful for the “new normal” LearningQuest had to embrace and where it is leading us. We are dedicated to helping adults achieve their educational and career goals so COVID-19 made us engage fully in distance learning and expand the ways in which our students can achieve their education.Although our online learning was an educational supplement before COVID-19, we’ve found that when we fully transitioned to online classes for safety precautions, some of our students were able to better manage their home and family life while still continuing their education. Some want to continue completely online for that reason. For others who miss the in-person atmosphere, we will soon restore student schedules that include some classroom in-person learning with less students and social distancing on July 7th.
We have another option of using Zoom video and audio technology to have “virtual” students in our classrooms who are sitting at home, but having real-time interactions. This means we can potentially serve people in all areas of the county and extend our reach to underserved rural areas even in other counties by providing online classes, tutoring, financial and digital literacy workshops, and college and career planning. We are finding the new normal to be a better version and look forward to expanded educational opportunities. Thank you for your part in making this new future possible for our students and organization.
May 14, 2020 – As I walked the halls this past week and spoke to staff, I saw nothing but positive teamwork. Everyone is pulling together to successfully get students set up for online and remote learning and I’m so proud of the staff and students. I have not been through anything like this so I have nothing to compare it to, but given the uncertainty of each day, I am grateful I can count on each of them to help out where needed. We are working out schedules to make sure management is available via phone or email and on site, unless required otherwise. We want the students to know that we are all here for them. We’ve really ramped up our plans for providing remote and e-communication so staff can stay connected and still keep diligently working toward our mission goals. Things can change quickly, but above all else, be safe. We will get through this together. Thank you for your patience and support during this time.
Additional COVID 19 resources
Refer to the websites of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (HSA), and California Department of Public Health for additional information on and prevention of Corona Virus.