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Posted on: August 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] ‘School of Rec’ Puts Learning, Safety & Fun All in One!

Recreation staff helping child with distance learning

Autumn is almost here, which means the kids are back in school…OR ARE THEY? Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has been working hard coming up with solutions to the COVID-19 distance-learning challenge! We are proud to offer a brand-new program designed to provide a safe and fun experience for your child, while also helping to enhance your child’s education through distance-learning support.

Join us beginning August 24th for the first of two, seven-week sessions to be held at Steele Lane Community Center and the Finley Community Center Complex. Participants ages 6 to 11 will join learning hubs of up to 12 youth each and designated staff, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. They’ll have their own dedicated room with powerful WIFI to support their video classroom meetings and will receive staff assistance to help them with their more challenging subjects and projects*. Then, when your kids are not learning in their online classroom meetings or completing their homework, they will have a ton of fun participating in all sorts of arts, crafts, hiking, games, stories, movies, swimming and much more! Each site has access to a nearby park for fun outdoor activities. 

School of Rec is designed in part by a veteran teacher of 26 years with input from parents, teachers, and school principals. It promises to provide a supportive educational environment with just the right amount of fun!

*Participants must bring earbuds and a functional WIFI-capable Chromebook, laptop or tablet (IPAD).

About Learning Hubs

Groups will be comprised of up to 12 children, with staff assigned just to them, and will stay together throughout the session. Family members remain together and may make one friend request. While we plan to inject some fun into the distance-learning process, we will have fun safely with COVID-19 precautions firmly in place – including facial coverings as required, social distancing, rigorous sanitation and safe hygiene practices. We are closely following all CDC protocols and Sonoma County health orders to present these programs for our Santa Rosa community. 

Safety Protocols & Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the measures being taken to make your child’s experience a safe, educational and memorable one here.

Assistance for Income-Qualifying Families


Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has dedicated $10,000 ($500 per child) from its Scholarship Fund to help offset the cost of School of Rec for income-qualifying families. 

Apply for a Scholarship

Reserve your space in the program by signing up at full price using the Registration link below and then contact us at 707-543-3737 for further information and to make an appointment. Scholarships will be provided first-come, first-served to those who meet income qualifications and with proof of eligibility.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund

The Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund is made possible through fundraising and generous community donations. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Fund if you are able. Visit

School of Rec

Monday-Friday, 7:30am – 5pm | Ages 6-11 
7-week sessions: Fall 8/24 – 10/9 & Winter 10/12 – 12/12* 
Steele Lane Community Center & Finley Community Center Complex
$250 per child, per week
*Must register for entire 7-week session. Weekly payment plans are available.

REGISTER ONLINE (Beginning 8/7 at 9am)
or call 707-543-3737

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