SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Prep Academy Tutors is Open for Business in Hamilton

We are excited to announce that Prep Academy Tutors is bringing its in-home and online tutoring services to Hamilton. Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton, led by franchisees Anna Southall-Millward and Colin Longworth, is now open for business with tutors available across Hamilton, Brantford, Ancaster and Stoney Creek.

It’s no secret that access to flexible, personalized and remote education is essential now more than ever before. We are enthusiastic about bringing our private tutoring services to Hamilton and are looking forward to bringing our unique approach to education to a new region.

Prep Academy Tutors’ philosophy is that every student can learn. Our Hamilton tutoring services are designed to provide students with the support they need to continue learning, growing and thriving in an academic setting.

 

Who We Are: Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton

Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton offers private tutoring, online tutoring, and small group tutoring across Hamilton, Brantford, Ancaster and Stoney Creek. We are committed to students’ academic success and put a unique spin on learning to explain things in a way your child will understand.

All of our educators are certified teachers who teach with the Ontario curriculum in mind. The tutors at Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton are here for your students at this time and are prepared to provide them with any support that they may need to succeed academically.

 

Meet the Owners: Anna Southall-Millward & Colin Longworth

 

Anna Southall-Millward

Anna is a passionate educator with a diverse experiential background. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto. Her keen interest in travel and education led her to Beijing, China, where she taught at an international school for two years.

Anna’s commitment to individualized instruction and creative learning inspired her additional coursework in guidance and counselling. This area is one that she continues to invest in through volunteer and community work.

As a native of Hamilton, ON, Anna is now back in her hometown where she worked in international teacher and student recruitment for the last four years.

Having served as a tutor both locally and abroad, she strongly believes in the transformative power of supplemental one-on-one instruction. In her spare time, Anna can be found on the basketball court, out in nature, or curled up with a good book.

 

Colin Longworth

Colin is a professional engineer originally from Dublin, Ireland. He holds a master’s in engineering and a master’s in management from University College Dublin.

He has enjoyed coding and developing from a young age, which led him to join a large tech multinational after graduation. This work took him around the world to China, Mexico, the United States and more.

Since 2017, Colin has resided in Hamilton, ON, where he co-founded two start-ups in the tech eco-space. He believes in growing businesses at a grassroots and community level and contributes to the locality’s vibrant entrepreneurial scene. A firm believer in access to education for all, Colin is an accomplished online trainer with over 25,000 students joining him to learn virtually every year.

When not coding, Colin can be found on a run, exploring Hamilton’s trails or spinning a DJ mix.

 

The State of Education in Hamilton

The Hamilton School Board: According to Global News, the Hamilton School Board is currently asking parents to prepare for future closures. The tutors of Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton are prepared to support Hamilton’s students to help them transition and continue their educational journey at this time.

Remote, online, and self-guided learning has become essential. Our tutors strive to make the transition to online learning easier for students by giving them the tools and resources they need to succeed online.

Projected Full Online Learning: According to the CBC, Hamilton school boards are currently making adjustments to their plans in the case of a full online learning scenario. In response to the current situation, we are offering in-person and online tutoring and learning pod services. Our learning pod services will allow your students to learn with others in a safe environment.

What We’re Doing: The Government’s new approach to education and student interaction is cautious, but it is also essential to be mindful of how these changes impact students’ mental health. In addition to curriculum-based tutoring, our tutors will also provide students with the tools and skills they need to ease feelings of stress and anxiety and approach education confidently.

Work with Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton

Contact the team at Prep Academy Tutors of Hamilton today to get connected with a private tutor in your area. We will match you with the tutor who will best suit your students’ unique needs, whether they are looking for skill-based or subject-based tutoring.

Our tutors work with students to understand how they learn best and personalize their educational approach to accommodate. You can rest easy knowing that our Hamilton tutors are available for conversations and progress updates so that you are always in the know about your child’s education.

Prep Academy Tutors can’t wait to take this educational journey with the students of Hamilton. Learn how you can get paired with a tutor today.

What You Need to Know About the State of Education in New York

As a result of COVID-19, school boards in New York (and around the world) are currently considering the best ways to facilitate education come September — while also abiding by social distancing regulations. 

Prep Academy Tutors of Westchester will continue to provide remote private tutoring services in New York to help students pursue their educational journey. At this time, when the state of education is continually changing, our tutors are prepared to provide compassionate and flexible personalized education.

Recently, CNN reported on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to reopen schools for at least some in-person instruction in September. 

Following this announcement, Governor Andrew Cuomo released new information about the guidelines that will be put in place to maintain safety if and when schools reopen in the upcoming year. He also made sure to acknowledge that, given the circumstances, this Decision could change. 

The state of education in New York during the pandemic is continuously changing, and it has yet to be confirmed whether or not schools will open in September. Here’s what we know so far:

The Framework of Guidelines for Reopening

On Monday, July 13th, The State Education Department presented a framework to the Board of Regent outlining guidelines for the safe reopening of schools.

This framework was a significant but necessary undertaking created after four virtual Regional School Reopening Task Force meetings and a student forum. According to CNYC Central, the state said that the framework was created after receiving the feedback of over 1,650 parents, students, teachers, administrators, school board members, and stakeholders.

Betty A. Rosa, the Board of Regents Chancellor, shared with NBC New York that the framework was created “to plan for the upcoming school year under three different scenarios that aim to keep our children, educators and school personnel safe and encourage equitable access to high-quality services for all students.”

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If Schools Open: The Guidelines 

The framework presented on July 13th outlines specific guidelines teachers, students, and other staff members will need to abide by if schools reopen in September. 

These include:

Regular Health Checks: We support parents and families who work from home and the growing community of families moving from Manhattan to Westchester. We work to help bridge the gap between school curricula.

Social Distancing:: Schools will be able to re-evaluate how they use their space to help students and teachers maintain social distancing practices.

Ventilation: Schools will need to consult with professionals to ensure that their ventilation and filtration meets or exceeds requirements.

Hygiene: Both students and staff will be required to maintain proper hygiene practices that align with CDC and DOH guidelines, including handwashing, wearing masks, and disinfection.

School Bus Disinfection Measures: All districts will need to maintain safety processes for the 150,000 NYC families who rely on bus transportation to get children to school. This includes both disinfection and social distancing practices. Students and staff will be required to wear masks and social distance when they are at bus stops, on busses, and when exiting busses.

Communication: We prioritize communication between tutors and families.

 

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The Current Numbers

Currently, New York has a low and stable number of people testing positive for the virus. However, because numbers of cases in other states like Florida are of concern, schools will only be reopened if they are safe.
 

How Safety Will be Determined

There is a formula that the state will use to identify if and when schools are safe for reopening. Schools will only reopen in regions that are in Phase IV and maintain a daily infection rate of 5 percent. These metrics are believed to be a good signifier that the virus is under control. 
 

When the Decision will be Made

The decision of whether or not schools will reopen in the new school year will be made the first week of August. If there is a rise in numbers between the time of the decision and the first day of school, and the regional rate surpasses 9%, schools will close immediately. 

 


Prep Academy Tutors of Westchester & the New Normal 

Prep Academy Tutors of Westchester offers private tutoring in Manhattan and across Westchester County, including Bronxville, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Pelham, Scarsdale, White Plains, Larchmont, Rye, and the river towns. 

Tools for Learning: Our tutors will prepare students for the possibility of blended learning in September. The combination of in-school and remote education will be an adjustment for all students, parents, and teachers. We provide students with the tools and support they need to maintain steady study habits and fill gaps in their knowledge. classroom.

Curriculum-Based Learning: We provide curriculum-based tutoring to help students gain and maintain academic confidence both inside and outside the classroom.

Flexible Learning: At this time, when the state of education is up in the air, it is essential to provide your child with the tools they need to learn flexibly. We provide our tutoring services based on your schedule to facilitate flexible education and provide students with consistent knowledge to help them maintain good learning habits.

Remote Learning: We offer online tutoring and other remote tutoring solutions to help your child reach academic success and approach learning in place with confidence and excitement. Our tutors act as a smart friend who can relate to your child and explain things in a way that they understand.

Personalized Learning: We focus on providing a personalized education that caters to your child’s specific needs, preferences, and learning style. The reopening of schools will be a time of transition, and we are prepared to provide your child with any additional support they may need to make this transition easier.

 

Contact Prep Academy Tutors of Westchester today to get paired with a tutor near you. We provide your child with the resources they need to facilitate a more seamless transition into what may be a year of blended schooling. Our tutors will keep you updated on changes in education as decision-makers release official announcements.

What Families Need to Know About School Reopening in New York State

On Monday July 13, Governor Cuomo released guidance for school districts to reopen K-12 facilities in New York State.  Based on these guidelines, your school must submit a reopening plan to the state by July 31. Schools will be allowed to reopen if their region has entered Phase Four and if the daily infection rate in that region (averaged over a two-week period) does not exceed 5%.

What your school will be required to provide in the fall:

  • A mix of in-person and virtual learning
  • Social distancing and 50% capacity of any space
  • Increase distancing to twelve feet during activities like singing, playing band instruments and gym class
  • Utilize face coverings and provide them to students without masks
  • Post health instruction signage throughout school
  • Limit the use of shared objects like workstations or tool
  • Provide sanitizing stations & training on proper hand & respiratory hygiene
  • Frequently clean and disinfect shared areas
  • Hold mandatory health screenings including temperature checks of students, staff, contractors & visitors
  • Immediately send home any student or staff member who becomes symptomatic
  • Notify state and local health departments of any positive test results
  • Have plans to assist in contact tracing
  • Expand social distancing, disinfecting and face-covering protocols to school buses

Schools are also encouraged to:

  • Expand their physical footprint if necessary
  • Stagger arrival/departure times and altered schedules
  • Build “cohorts,” or small groups of students who learn together to minimize cross contamination
  • Use “one-way” traffic lanes in hallways