Boy that COVID-19 pandemic, amirite? It makes you have to cook at home more often than usual, you can't go on a vacation, no public swimming pools open to take the beasties to, and now we are heading into the fall semester of school with online/in-school learning issues.

If you're a working parent who can't stay home and do your job while your kids are home, what the heck are you going to do with them when school starts? In-classroom learning is still up in the air for so many families, but the YMCA has come up with a plan to help some families out.

Officials with the YMCA of El Paso announced Virtual School at the Y. It helps out parents who may not have the technology their kids will need for online at home learning. It also give parents who need to be at work during the school day a safe learning space and child care for school aged children. First Light FCU donated computers to the YMCA of El Paso to help kids in low income communities have access to technology. There are only a limited number of spaces available so you will need to call the YMCA closest to you to find out if your kiddo can be part of the program. There is financial assistance available for families that qualify.

There are three YMCAs around town. You can call the Bowling Family YMCA in the Northeast at (915) 755-9622. Call the Loya Family YMCA on the eastside at (915)590-9622, or call the Westside Family YMCA at (915)584-9622 for more information.