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Zoo Knoxville virtual learning pods open for students

First to third grade students are now able to complete their school work while seeing zoo animals.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Students who are taking online classes this year now have another place to complete their school work besides their bedroom -- at the zoo!

 Zoo Knoxville started its own virtual learning pods for first to third grade students on Tuesday. 

The zoo provides students with socially distanced work spaces and internet access to complete their school lessons. The zoo's education department is also available to help with school work. 

Students do need to have to bring their own laptops, chargers and any other supplies required for online classes. The virtual learning pods also have "brain breaks," which will give students the opportunity to explore the zoo, talk with keepers and more.  

The learning pods run from Monday through Friday and follow the Knox County Schools schedule. Parents can register their children to be enrolled on a monthly basis or for the entire semester. 

Below are the following enrollment dates for each month of registration: 

September: Sept. 8-Oct. 2

October: Oct. 5-Oct. 30

November: Nov. 2-Nov. 24

December: Nov. 30-Dec. 18

The virtual learning pods are $500 per month for annual pass holders and Circle of Friends members. Non-pass holders pay $530 per month. Parents who choose all four months will receive a semester discount.

Drop-off times will be from 7:30-7:45 a.m. Pick-up times will be from 2:45-3 p.m.

The zoo also has an after care option for learning pod students from 3-5:30 p.m. for an additional fee.

For more information, you can visit the website here.