SHINE Operations During COVID-19

Student Health is Our First Priority

The SHINE Afterschool Program was developed to be an important link between schools and a students' home - a link that's becoming even more valuable as the world evolves to face the challenges of a global pandemic.

While some SHINE Centers will be operating face-to-face, as in previous years, others will transition to an entirely virtual model, while others are implementing a hybrid operation. Click here to see how your child's center will be up and running.


SHINE puts the health and safety of students and staff as its top priority. All centers have a COVID Response Plan established and documented, which you can view here. This information has been developed using the most up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Dept of Education.

To accomodate virtual students and to remove the need for hard-copy paperwork (which may contribute to the spread of germs), SHINE has adopted an online enrollment process. Parents will be provided with a link and important information to complete the process.

In addition to daily homework help, SHINE students will continue to work on projects that cover the core curriculum of STEAM lessons, Social/Emotional topics and even Physical Fitness.  SHINE will continue to offer an evening meal to all students, even those participating virtually.

If you have specific questions, please contact the SHINE Office or your specific SHINE Center.

Staying Safe During COVID-19

SHINE reminds parents and students of important ways to stay healthy during this time.

  • If you feel sick, STAY HOME!
  • Wear masks in public settings and when around people outside of your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.