Frequently Asked Questions 

Quarantine Bubble - FAQ

What does the registration and supply fee cover?


As with the majority of childcare programs and extracurricular activities, registration fees are standard. The registration and supply fee covers the cost of administrative processes and the supplies for all general academic enrichment material and general extracurricular activities. Please note this does not include any specialty extracurricular activities requested by the Quarantine Bubble. Note: The registration and supply fee is non-refundable.




Can students from multiple grade levels be in the same Quarantine Bubble? If so, how will you manage students from different grade levels?


Yes, students from multiple grade levels can be in the same Quarantine Bubble. Our focus is always quality over quantity, which is why our Quarantine Bubbles are limited to 10 students. However, if each student in the bubble is from a different grade level, we recommend a limit of 6-8 students. Our highly-skilled academic partners, along with Dr. Walton, our CEO, will develop a personalized, differentiated support schedule based on the virtual schedule of each student's home school. We will fill in any gaps in virtual instruction with academic enrichments (typically project-based) and extracurricular activities. Our ultimate goal is to provide a personalized, structured, nurturing, yet relaxing environment for children. We strive to create an environment conducive for children to excel academically and participate in engaging extracurricular activities daily.




What level of daily communication should I expect from Think, Speak & Grow Academy?


The Academic Parnter will communicate with parents daily.




Can a Quarantine Bubble operate part-time instead of from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm?


The primary focus of the Quarantine Bubble is to provide families support from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, which includes the academic day and after school. Our goal is to give working parents complete peace of mind to work and know their child's academic and social needs are being addressed at the highest level of excellence. Because our focus is quality of service versus quantity, we will only work with 5 full-time Quarantine Bubbles throughout metro Atlanta, serving a maximum of 50 students (10 students per bubble). Additionally, we will serve 2 part-time Quarantine Bubbles for 4.5 hours daily. The hours for the part-time bubble are 7:30 am -12:00 pm or 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm.




What is your Tax ID


Tax ID: 82-5481691




Will you assist with placing a student in a Quarantine Bubble?


We firmly believe that a Quarantine Bubble should emerge from a group of families or friends who know each other, are like-minded and have a high level of trust among their group. Since Quarantine Bubbles are home-based, we believe this bubble works at its highest level of fidelity when families/friends come together to form the bubble. Every family’s home is a sacred place of refuge, security, and peace; therefore, inviting in a stranger may not be ideal. However, we can match students to one of our VIRTUAL Bubble groups.




Do you offer aftercare? If so, what extracurricular activities will you provide during that time?


We offer aftercare ONLY as part of our Quarantine Bubble.

It appears that the typical virtual school day ends between 2:30 - 3:00 pm. So, our aftercare runs from the end of each respective student's school day until 5:00 pm.

Our aftercare offerings include:

  • STEAM projects
  • Crafts
  • Painting
  • Interactive Social Emotional Learning projects

We can also work with Quarantine Bubbles to offer customized extracurricular activities during the aftercare time.

*Please note we do not offer stand-alone aftercare programming outside of the Quarantine Bubble.*




What happens if an Academic Partner has an emergency or gets ill?


If an Academic Partner gets ill or has an emergency, either Dr. Walton or our part-time academic partner will act as a substitute.




Do you work with special needs and gifted students?


Yes, we work special needs and gifted students. Dr. Walton has extensive experience working with students who have various exceptionalities and will work with each academic partner to ensure these students are appropriately served. We will review Individual Education Plans and work closely with the student's teachers and other service providers. During the registration process, there are extensive questions about student exceptionalities, both cognitive and physical.




What COVID-19 safety precautions will you implement in the Quarantine Bubble?


As part of our COVID-19 safety plan, the following will be required.

  • The academic partner will wear a mask and face shield throughout the day.
  • Students will be required to wear face shields or face shields w/cloth drape.
  • Parents will be required to wear a mask when entering the "home-based" classroom.
  • Students and parents will be required to wash their hands (or utilize a hand sanitizer) upon entering the classroom space.
  • Every morning before entering the classroom space, students' temperature will be taken using a touchless monitor.
  • All tangible items students bring to the classroom space will be left outside and disinfected before being brought into the classroom.
The designated Academic Partner, along with Dr. Walton, will work with parents to agree upon additional safety requirements for each Bubble, if needed.




What payment platform do you use? And, what is the payment policy for days missed?


Missed Days The Quarantine Bubble is a shared service with an Academic Partner committed to your bubble, as such payment will be charged weekly regardless of missed days. Additionally, we do not allow intermittent enrollment. Due to the limited number of Quarantine Bubbles we will offer in metro Atlanta, a 3-month enrollment commitment is required, with a one-month notice to terminate service. Payment Platform Since 2017, we have used the ACTIVE Network (Activeeducate.com) for all our front and backend administrative processes – registration, enrollment, billing, payments, tax statements, etc. ACTIVE is utilized worldwide by universities, public and private schools, major sporting events, marathons, etc. With ACTIVE, the entire registration process is online, and accounts are accessible via any mobile device without the loss of functionality. Registrants can download receipts and payment information for tax purposes 24/7. ACTIVE has a Vault-Secure Hosted Environment Rest easy knowing that your data is stored in one of their state-of-the-art data centers utilizing best-in-class security measures while providing 99.9% uptime reliability. All of their payment processing meets PCI Level 1 compliance.




Will the Quarantine Bubble operate on the school year calendar? Also, will service be available during holiday breaks?


Yes, the Quarantine Bubble will operate based on the school year calendar of the respective students served. Additionally, the Academic Partner will be available during breaks and holidays with a one-month advance notice.




Is there an enrollment commitment for Quarantine Bubbles?


NOTE: Given the nature of how viruses operate, the uncertainty and lack of consensus regarding how to stem the spread of COVID-19, as well as the current trajectory of COVID-19's pervasiveness in Georgia, we highly anticipate that most school districts in metro Atlanta will remain virtual for the majority, if not the entire, 2020-2021 academic year. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Due to the limited number of Quarantine Bubbles we will offer in metro Atlanta, a 3-month enrollment commitment is required, with a one-month advanced notice to terminate service. Our ultimate goal is to partner with a Quarantine Bubble for the entire academic year, which will create a sense of normalcy, peace, and stability for students. Additionally, we do not permit intermittent enrollment. For example, if a Quarantine Bubble is registered for September through November and decides to terminate their services at the end of November, that Bubble will not be permitted to skip December and re-enroll in January. Our Academic Partners are full-time employees, and our goal is to provide them financial stability and peace of mind.





Virtual Bubble & Tutoring - FAQ

Do you offer in-person or group Reading & Math tutoring?


No, at this time, we do not offer in-person or group tutoring. When we reopen our center in mid to late 2021, we will resume in-person tutoring.




What level of communication should I expect from Think, Speak & Grow Academy?


The Virtual Academic Partners and Tutors will communicate with parents weekly.




Will you assist with placing a student in a Virtual Bubble?


Yes, we will assist in placing a student in a Virtual Bubble based on age and grade level.




Do you offer Reading & Math tutoring for special needs students?


Yes, we can offer tutoring for special need students; however, it will be critical to review their IEP to determine the type of training/certification a tutor would need to serve the student adequately. If we feel we cannot adequately serve the student, we will work with the student's parents to find the appropriate support.




Will the Virtual Bubbles operate on the school year calendar? Also, will service be available during holiday breaks?


Yes, the Virtual Bubble will operate based on the school year calendar of the respective students served.




Is there an enrollment commitment for tutoring and the Virtual Bubble?


There is no enrollment commitment for 1:1 tutoring or the Virtual Bubble. However, due to high demand, a student's slot may not be available if they take breaks. Additionally, for proper planning, payment for tutoring and the Virtual Bubble is required in two-week increments.




Is there an enrollment limit for Virtual Bubbles?


Yes, there will be a 4 student limit for Virtual Bubbles. Based on a virtual summer camp pilot we conducted this past June and July, we ascertained that an effective group sizing for virtual programming is 4 students. This allows students to feel heard and interact in a meaningful and productive manner.




Will a refund be provided if when a student misses a tutoring or Virtual Bubble session?


Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund if students miss a Virtual Bubble or tutoring session. However, we will allow tutoring students to reschedule 2 sessions per semester based on the instructor's availability.




Will the Virtual Bubbles take place daily?


The Virtual Bubbles will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.




Why is tutoring only between 4:00 - 6:00 pm Monday - Friday?


We only utilized certified K-12 teachers or content-specific college instructors for tutoring, and since they are in class during the day, we set the hours after the school day. If those times are not conducive for your schedule, we offer tutoring from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sundays.