Cardinal Classroom is an academic support program for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.
The program is designed to supplement and support our community’s littlest learners in a time of fragmented educational access. The program pairs SUNY Plattsburgh childhood education students with children in the community to offer tutoring, homework help, and a one-on-one adult-to-child connection. Services are offered twice per year and, to start, will be offered online.
Who can participate in Cardinal Classroom?
Any student who is in kindergarten through 6th grade can participate, regardless of what method of instruction they are receiving with their assigned school district (in-person, hybrid, remote learning, or homeschooling). Priority will be given to students in Clinton County in New York state.
What services are offered?
At this time, Cardinal Classroom offers tutoring services and support for English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. Homework help can also be chosen for assistance with completion of specific assignments. Sessions are 45 minutes in length and will be offered once per week for 7 consecutive weeks.
How much does it cost?
All Spring 2021 services will be offered for free. Future participation is voluntary but may incur a cost.
How do I register my child for Cardinal Classroom?
Registration is completed online by a caregiver. One form is required per child. The registration deadline for Spring 2021 is Friday, January 8. Registration forms submitted after this date will be added to our waitlist.
When are services offered?
Spring services begin February 22, 2021. Sessions will occur weekly and are 45 minutes in length. One session will be offered per week. Services run from February 22 to April 9. Services may go beyond the April 9 end date should scheduling difficulties occur. Your family is entitled to seven support sessions.
What does participation in Cardinal Classroom look like?
After a caretaker registers their child, the child will be matched with one or more service providers. Once a match is made, the provider(s) will call the caregiver to schedule an intake appointment. This intake will take approximately 20 minutes and will help the provider gain a better understanding of the child and the goals for participation in the program. Once the intake is completed, the provider will schedule the first session.
In the spring of 2021, all sessions will take place online. Sessions will be scheduled with the provider and caretaker. Links to sessions will be shared via the email address used to register for the program. Once a child logs on for a session, the provider will do a check in, facilitate a warm-up activity and then spend time focusing on content.
What do families need to provide to participate?
In order to participate, a parent must complete a registration form for each child. An email address will be required to participate as links to remote sessions will be communicated via the address. Families will schedule sessions with a provider directly. You must have access to a laptop or tablet, a reliable internet connection and must agree to the terms and conditions of services. (See below.)
Terms and conditions of participation in Cardinal Classroom:
- Registration is required. Priority will be given to those registered by Friday, January 8, 2021.
- Participation is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. Please email the Program Director, Janis Krug at [email protected] should you like to discontinue service.
- Cardinal Classroom is designed to supplement public school or homeschool instruction. It is not intended to replace school attendance.
- Cardinal Classroom sessions must be completed in the presence of an adult. The program is not designed to replace adult supervision.
- All sessions will be recorded by our providers for supervision and evaluation purposes. Recorded sessions are a requirement for participation. Additionally, videos may be used for educational purposes for future students in the SUNY Plattsburgh Childhood Education program. No student information will be shared and all videos will be kept confidential.
- Spring 2021 services will be offered for free. Future participation will be voluntary but may incur a cost.
- Absenteeism or session disengagement may result in program removal.
Is it safe for my child to participate in the program?
Cardinal Classroom was designed to maximize the safety and security of all participants. All of our providers have undergone multiple background checks and fingerprinting. All sessions will be recorded and reviewed by faculty. Services are offered online only for the spring of 2021 to not only follow social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC but also to maximize access to the program.
Should you have any concerns regarding the safety and security of the program, please direct them to Janis Krug, program director, at [email protected].
How will providers be supervised?
Our providers are currently students in the SUNY Plattsburgh childhood education program. All students who provide service will record their sessions for supervision purposes. The childhood education faculty will review and evaluate all sessions. Additionally, our students also consult with and work with local master teachers to fine-tune their teaching skills.
Can Cardinal Classroom count as “homeschooling”?
No. Cardinal Classroom is designed to supplement instruction in school or at home. It is not designed to take the place of regular instruction.
Can my child receive support in person?
Not at this time. SUNY Plattsburgh recognizes the profound impact of COVID on our community’s littlest learners and is working to design a sustainable, long-term program that engages students near and far. However, for the spring of 2021, all services will be provided online.
Program questions or comments?
Please contact Janis Krug, program director, via email at [email protected].