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Online tutoring companies gear up to help families

Posted at 3:56 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 17:33:41-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A majority of Central Virginia schools plan to start the school year with at-home learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online tutoring companies like Varsity Tutors expect to see a boom in business.

"About 53 percent of parents are planning on some kind of supplemental education this fall," Brian Galvin, Chief Academic Officer with Varsity Tutors, said.

Galvin said the company has educators from across the county and here in Richmond ready to help in any way they can.

"In our first meeting about how will we react to COVID, about 10 minutes in we realized the word discount wasn't going to help. We needed to do more," he said.

Varsity Tutors launched free virtual school days that turned into virtual summer camp and coming this fall they are going to laugh their School@Home program.

"If you want to home school, but you don't want to be the teacher, we'll do all the educational work for you," he said. "We'll assign homework and run classes and those sorts of things and help to make sure it gets counted with the state."

Parents can sign up for in-person or online learning at a cost -- but that cost can be adjusted to what your child may need.

One option is smaller group classes, pod learning. That could cost up to $10 an hour.

You can check out their list of educators here in Richmond by clicking here.