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Supercharge Your Schooling with ScienceWorks: Fall 2020

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ScienceWorks is excited to offer distance learning support for Ashland School District students this fall. Students can bring lunch and a laptop, and spend the afternoon at the museum with a learning cohort.

Students will be able to connect to required virtual classroom sessions, followed by daily supervised museum exploration and staff-led STEM enrichment activities.

Register now for 9/8 - 10/2 and 10/5 - 11/6 sessions. Additional details below.

Distance Learning Support Program Description

ScienceWorks is committed to serving our local community by supporting students in the Ashland School District with distance learning and afterschool programming. ScienceWorks will provide an afternoon program that combines distance learning support as well as STEM-based, hands-on activities, and museum exploration. Our educators will follow the Ashland School District’s regular schedule to support students’ virtual learning. This means giving them time to connect with classroom teachers, watch online content or do work as directed by their classroom teacher. Following the afternoon learning block, there will be a designated break for students to play outside and in the museum. After virtual learning and during afterschool hours, students will engage in hands-on projects. This Distance Learning Support program is for students in grades 2 - 5. All students are required to wear a face covering.


The Distance Learning Support & Afterschool program runs Monday - Friday from 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm.

The program operates on the Ashland School District’s calendar of regularly scheduled school days and begins Tuesday, September 8. We currently plan to run the program through November 6. We will update program options as Ashland School District provides further fall/winter plans regarding distance learning.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (determined by ASD school schedule)

12:00 - 12:30 pm Drop-off and lunch (outside when possible)
12:30 - 12:45 pm Transition to classrooms
12:45 - 2:30 pm Support synchronous and asynchronous learning during third learning block
2:30 - 3:30 pm Staggered museum exploration breaks and outside time
3:30 - 5:15 pm Afterschool STEM programming
5:15 - 5:30 pm Pick-up


Signing up for a session tentatively holds your student's spot in one of our two cohorts for the listed weeks. Payment is required weekly. If payment is missed, the student's spot is forfeited in the program and it will be opened up to the next student on the waitlist.


Member Price: $175 per week
Non-member Price: $200 per week
Registration is per session (about one month each) but fees are due weekly. Includes all material costs for afterschool programming.


Following receipt of program registration materials, you will receive a weekly invoice for tuition with a link to pay by credit card or ACH. Payment is due the Friday before the upcoming program week. Students will be suspended from the program if tuition is not paid in full by Monday for the week they are attending. You are responsible for all participation fees.


Financial assistance is available to qualifying students with an updated award letter for free and reduced lunch. Please email your free and reduced lunch letter to erin@scienceworksmuseum.org. Award letters must be received, in addition to this registration form, in order to access available funding.


If a student’s registration is canceled at least 10 days PRIOR to the program, a refund will be issued, minus a $25 processing fee. A student registration that is canceled LESS than 10 days prior to the start of camp is NOT eligible for a refund. If the program must be canceled by ScienceWorks due to low enrollment, we will notify you as soon as possible and issue a full refund.Your child's health and well-being are our first priority. If ScienceWorks is required to cancel the program due to COVID-19, you will receive a full refund for your program registration.


DROP OFF AND LUNCH is from 12:00 - 12:30 pm.

One parent/guardian will escort their student to program check-in (outside on plaza or at main desk, dependent on weather). ScienceWorks is following CDC guidelines for daily health screenings and will ask the following HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONS:

  1. Has the child been exposed to a person with a positive case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  2. Has the child been exposed to a person with a presumptive case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  3. Is the child experiencing unusual cough, shortness of breath, or fever?
  4. Does the child have symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, headache, sore throat, or rash?

PICK-UP ends at 5:30 pm

Sign-out and pick-up will take place from your child’s classroom inside the museum. If someone other than the designated parent/guardian listed on the Sign-Out sheet will be picking up your child, we must have permission in advance. Please be prompt to pick up your child or you may be charged an additional fee if we provide additional care. The program ends at 5:30 pm every day.


Bring a lunch, snack(s), and water bottle marked with your child’s name each day to the program. Please try to limit or substitute peanut-based snacks, when possible. Students will be required to wear face masks. In the event your child forgets a face mask, we will supply one.

Parents/guardians are asked to provide the technology their students will need to engage in virtual learning. Please bring headphones. Students will have access to ScienceWorks’ Wi-Fi. We are asking that all students know their log-ins and passwords needed for virtual learning. If you are not able to provide a computer or smart device to use for distance learning, please let us know. We do not want a lack of access to technology to prevent a student from participating in this program.


Please be sure that your child wears comfortable clothing suitable for indoor and outdoor activities. Some afterschool program experiments/activities are messy, so please send your child in clothes that are OK to get dirty.

Your child should wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Closed-back sandals are permitted in warm weather but please no flip-flops or heels.

Please consider putting sunscreen on your child before coming to ScienceWorks or sending some along in their bag as some activities may take place outdoors.


Students will be separated into cohorts which will be in separate classrooms in the building. Each classroom will be set up to allow for at least 6 feet between students during the afternoon learning block (12:45-2:30 pm). Additionally, museum staff will do their best to create situations where students can be physically separate. However, we cannot guarantee students will always remain three or more feet apart.

Students will be asked to wash their hands after activities as well as before and after lunch and snack. We will also have hand sanitizer available throughout the building and in the classroom spaces. We will practice cleaning of scientific instruments, and other cleaning techniques diligently. Everyone will be responsible for cleaning tasks.



By signing your child up for this program, you authorize ScienceWorks to photograph and/or videotape your child for publicity purposes (including visits from news media and photos on our website). ScienceWorks will not release any personal information regarding your child. Please understand that these materials will be the property of ScienceWorks not to be sold or loaned and will be used only to promote ScienceWorks programs.


ScienceWorks loves being outside when we're able! I certify ScienceWorks staff to take walking field trips from ScienceWorks during program times with my child.


If your child will not be attending the program on a specific day, please notify ScienceWorks as soon as possible by emailing leah@scienceworksmuseum.org or calling 541-482-6767 x350. Absences may not be “made up,” nor will you receive a refund for any missed days.


Notify us if your child is having a problem while at the museum. Children may share information with family before program staff if they are having some type of trouble. We want your child to have an enjoyable and rewarding time at ScienceWorks. With your help, we can ensure that all students are at ease and comfortable. Program administrators and educators will be available to discuss any issues or problems that may arise for your child. ScienceWorks does reserve the right to exclude any child from participation who exhibits violent or inappropriate behavior at the museum. If this happens you will not be eligible for a refund.


If you must reach your child in the event of an emergency, you may call (541) 482-6767 x350 and a message will be relayed to the program administrator and/or educators. In the unlikely event that your child experiences a health emergency or accident, we will notify you immediately and seek advice. In the event that a child needs immediate medical attention or needs to be taken to the hospital, we will inform you of our actions as soon as possible.