The week after Labor Day officially closes the curtain on summer and usually means it's back to school time for children across the country. But during a pandemic, students continue to adapt to remote learning in different parts of the country where schools remained closed for in-person instruction.
That's not the case in Orlando.
In what originated as a question from a player on a contending team on the pre-bubble conference call between the league and its players' association, ESPN's Baxter Holmes reported that the "NBA Bubble School" opened up for its first day of schooling on Monday.
The undisclosed player realized that if his team makes a deep playoff run as expected, then what would that mean if he were to bring his family into the bubble as the league permitted? With the NBA Finals slated for mid-October, that would've meant his kids would lose valuable school time.
Monday marked the first day a local teacher began classes for kids aged 3-7, with private tutoring lessons available for those who are older. With around 20 players' children in the bubble, class sizes are reportedly kept between 6-12 kids at a time - with flexibility around who can join as teams are eliminated from the playoffs. Like everyone on campus, the students are tested daily and remain socially distant from each other while wearing masks during class time to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
Along with hands-on activities on themes ranging from the ocean to fall, children books authored by the likes of LeBron James and Chris Paul are also included in the curriculum. Not a bad lesson to learn from NBA greats like those guys.