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August 25, 2020News » MyCom Announces a Request for Proposals for CMSD & Inner-Ring Academic Learning Pods: Due September 3, 2020

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

CLEVELAND ACADEMIC LEARNING PODS & The Inner-Ring Suburbs


CMSD Academic Learning Pods (CMSD-ALP)

Online Applications Due Date:  Thursday, September 3 by 5:00 pm

Managed by United Way of Greater Cleveland

Purpose and Background

The purpose of the initiative is to create Academic Learning Pods (ALPs)–small, in-person groups for CMSD students  K-8 students learning together with the help of an in-person tutor or teacher to supplement virtual learning. This partnership with CMSD is intended to first support student learning—partners will have to supervise students while they are participating in official CMSD academic virtual learning.  Partners may also offer enrichment services at times when students are not participating in official “school.”  The initiative intends to support student learning during COVID. Funding partners will work with CMSD to identify community-based organizations to manage these academic learning pods targeting children of essential workers, homeless youth, students without internet access, and those most academically disadvantaged.

This RFP for ALPs will consist of grants to organizations providing space, academic supervision, and/or enrichment programs between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon- Fri beginning Monday, September 14, 2020 – Nov 13, 2020 (9 weeks). Due to COVID guidelines, we are asking providers to commit to 4 or 6 hours of programming 4 days per week Mon-Fri. If you are unable to commit to s full 6 hours, please work with collaborative partners to accommodate a full 6 hour day. Parents will be asked to register for 3-week sessions.

Persuasive proposals will have identified space to host programming and program partners able to provide programming 2-5 days per week inclusive of tutors/monitors to support students during daily online class time with schoolteachers.  The planning committee will have to consider public health guidelines as learning pods develop. Learning Pods, if not providing lunch, will need to build in time for students to walk to the nearest schools to pick up lunch. Providers with outdoor space are welcome to apply. Funded partners will work with CMSD to coordinate students’ schedules. Students will have to register to participate in the ALPs. We will not allow drop-in participation.

Click here to view the RFP & apply.

Review the Hardcopy of the RFP


The Inner-Ring Suburbs Academic Learning Pods

Online Applications Due Date:  Thursday, September 3 by 5:00 pm

Managed by the MyCom Youth Development Network

Purpose and Background

The purpose of the initiative is to create programming opportunities for communities in the MyCom Network that will promote students learning together with the help of an in-person tutor or teacher to supplement virtual learning. This is intended to first support student learning—partners will have to supervise students while they are participating in their district’s academic virtual learning. Partners may also offer enrichment services at times when students are not participating in official “school.” The initiative intends to support student learning during COVID. Funding partners will work with school districts to identify community-based organizations to manage these academic learning pods targeting children of essential workers, homeless youth, students without internet access, and those most academically disadvantaged.

This RFP for ALPs will consist of grants to organizations providing space, academic supervision, and/or enrichment programs beginning Monday, September 14, 2020 – Nov 13, 2020 (9 weeks). The timing of programming should support students based on needs identified by the school district.

Persuasive proposals will have identified space to host programming and program partners able to provide programming 2-5 days per week inclusive of tutors/monitors to support students during daily online class time with schoolteachers. The planning committee will have to consider public health guidelines as learning pods develop. Programs should propose a meal plan for students based on the amount of time they’ll have them. Funded partners will work with their district to coordinate students’ schedules. Students will have to register to participate in the ALPs. We will not allow drop-in participation.

Organizations interested in submitting a proposal to the IRP-ALP initiative must:

  • Provide space for academic Learning Pods in your city, including opportunities for outdoor classroom space. (If your organization does not have a physical space we will work to match providers with available space)
  • Have adequate internet connectivity to support online learning activities
  • Be willing and able to attend scheduled Professional Development (PD) offered by MyCom
  • Be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor with this qualification
  • Applicant agencies are required to conduct Criminal Background Checks on staff and volunteers working with youth before programming begins
  • Only established programs serving school-aged children (K-12th grade) with an existing service history are eligible for funding. However, organizations that only will provide facilities may partner with established youth providers to create a learning pod.
  • Be a provider that has partnered or received support from MyCom Cleveland in the past.

Public Health Guidelines

  • Spaces must meet Ohio public health COVID 19 guidelines
  • No more than 9 students in a room to one adult youth worker*
  • Masks must be worn at all times for students and adults
  • Proper cleaning protocols must be established and maintained
  • If one suspects a student or adult has COVID, proper protocols must be in place to report this to CMSD and help the person obtain medical help.
  • Learning pods will follow the guidelines listed in this Checklist: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/Day-Camps.pdf

*Agencies may serve more than 9 students in a room when using a divider.

Click here to link to the RFP.

Review a hard copy of the RFP here.


Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions

Click Here for a Copy of the Slides from the RFP Session