Pods are designated locations for a small group of students to get together for remote MCPS learning in a clean environment while maintaining social distancing. Additional benefits include camaraderie and optional extracurricular activities. By popular demand, Panda Programmer is offering a pods arrangement out of our classroom in the Kentlands, and extracurricular coding lessons are included in the cost!
Pod safety is priority #1 with regular cleaning/disinfecting, compulsory mask use, and social distancing. Please refer to our Safety Precautions section below for specifics.
The cost of sessions is $54 each. Siblings enjoy a 20% discount. Changing or cancelling a session incurs a $10 fee.
We know that such an arrangement may not be for everyone, but for parents who must work, such an arrangement is an option to consider.
In the world of the Corona virus, there is no 100% guarantee that your child will not get sick at our location. But with the precautions that we take, we believe we can minimize that risk.
Location Our Panda Programmer classroom is a county-licensed facility, located in the Kentlands at 216 Main Street, Suite 200. In “normal times” we teach 18+ children in our classroom. With our socially distanced arrangement, we accommodate only 9.
Children in Grades 1 through 8 are eligible to participate in our Pods program.
Pods are better with friends! We prioritize your children’s friends. If there is a competition for space, your children’s friends get priority.
Ratio: We have only 9 socially distanced spaces in our classroom. With 2 staff members in charge, that results in a 1:4.5 teacher to student ratio.
Coding Classes are still part of our Panda Programmer experience. And your child can take as many coding lessons as he or she wants during the downtime from MCPS remote learning. No upcharges.
Custom Pods – If you are interested in joining a pod, or bringing your pod to us (at our location), email us at info@PandaProgrammer.com to coordinate.
Spots are limited. Please enroll at least 24 hours before you would like to bring your child to the pod. We are working on a convenient web interface to handle enrollment. The web interface will feature real-time availability as well as variable pricing.
In the meantime, please follow these easy steps:
Questions? – No problem. This is our first pandemic too… Email us any questions you may have at Info@PandaProgrammer.com. We’ll do our best to answer them.