Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Summer school during the coronavirus? This school division is adapting

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(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Not every student who needs to retake classes over the summer can do so in a pandemic.

At the York County School Division, not only can students take summer classes but may do so virtually.

“Due to the ongoing social distancing measures, all YCSD summer academic programs will be held virtually from June 22 through July 22,” Katherine Goff, spokeswoman for the York County School Division, wrote in an email. “Participation in the elementary and middle school remediation programs is based on school recommendations, though some space may be available for additional student enrollment.”

Goff said students enrolled in the High School Summer Academic program can earn either two repeat credits known as credit recovery or one original credit.

The entirety of the program, including registration, orientation and instruction, is virtual. Each program dates vary, and tuition is required for high school credit course. See the full list of programs here.

According to a letter sent to parents on June 2, the school division is developing plans in case home learning is extended which will be finalized depending on Gov. Ralph Northam’s orders.

“Several weeks ago, the division established a reopening workgroup to develop contingency plans in preparation for the release of state guidance,” according to the letter. “Based on preliminary guidance, we know these plans will include a variety of details requiring different schedules and social distancing behaviors while students are on campus.”

YCSD’s workgroup will also share its recommendations with the superintendent and the school board later this month before sharing it with the public.

WYDaily asked Charles Pyle, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Education, if virtual summer school was an option for public school districts to make up for lost education time during the pandemic.

“School divisions have received waivers absolving them of the 990-hour requirement, so divisions do not need to make up lost 2019-2020 instructional time,” he wrote in an email. “When and how divisions can begin formal instruction — this summer or in the fall — will be announced by the governor.”

As of May 26, the Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools have not finalized plans to offer education in the summer months.

“The school division is considering a number of options related to summer learning,” Eileen Cox, spokeswoman for WJCC, wrote in an email. “At this point, the discussions are too preliminary to release information.”


Julia Marsigliano
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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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