Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-08 17:23:09 –
Winchester, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Near-normal summer schools have officially opened, and schools in central Kentucky are seeing an increase in enrollment.
Baker Intermediate in Clark County offered its first summer school this summer because of its high level of interest and needs.
Sixth grade math teacher Chelsea Braakman said:
When she was teaching in a small class on Tuesday, the students listened carefully and made few mistakes in the exercises.
“The pandemic has created many academic gaps, and (summer school) has created many opportunities for us for students to fill those gaps,” Brakman said.
Baker attendance was zero in 2019, but Clark County Public Schools as a whole enrolled 789 students out of 40 in 2019.
“This is a very small group. I know you need to be careful because you are so small. It has a lot of one-on-one support and there are also aides in the room who can work one-on-one. These students help fill those gaps, “says Braakman.
Bourbon County Public Schools have seen an increase of at least 40% in enrollment at the Summer Empowerment Academy since 2019.
“We focused on math and literacy in the morning and afternoon, and in the afternoon we did some strengthening activities,” Amy Baker explained how it works.
During the enrichment period on Tuesday, the students played dodgeball, made art, and played musical instruments. In the past, they used to garden, cook, and practice yoga.
“That part of socialization is so important that, as I said, we do the study in the morning, but feed them in the afternoon and then for their emotional health. Counseling for children in need of physiotherapy and occupational therapy is all these services, “says Baker.
What is unique about this year is that many parents and students have only applied for regular school experiences and extracurricular activities.
Sophia Price is one of the students who wanted socializing and the environment while achieving excellent academic performance. She just wanted to do art for a couple of hours a day.
“I missed doing this kind of thing in a pandemic, but it made me feel more normal,” Price said. “I think of summer school as having to redo lessons and getting stressed, but more than that.”
The band’s director and instructor, Michael Stone, says there have been changes for him and his students.
“Usually, many of our music students are high-performing students just because they generally don’t attend summer school. So they pass all classes and we get credit recovery. Before it was completed, we were able to offer them more, “Stone said.
Many students attend to prepare for the Macy’s Thanksgiving in 2022. We are planning a fundraising activity to raise nearly $ 100,000 for participation.
“This was all I wanted to do during the school year, but I didn’t have a chance,” Stone said.
The U.S. Department of Education has not yet provided an accurate estimate, but according to the Associated Press, an estimated 3.3 million students attending this year’s summer learning program attended mandatory or optional summer schools in 2019. It is expected to exceed the pandemic.
The Biden administration added more tasks to the to-do list and created more costs, but the Biden administration funded the state, especially the summer program.
Schools like Bourbon County used the money to expand their programs and pay more to teachers through salary increases and bonuses.
For the first time this year, we launched a preschool summer program with 200 children enrolled.
“A lot of good things are happening. I know that COVID-19 came out, but this is one of the things we think we need a really strong summer school program,” he said. Darlene Gee, administrator of the Bourbon Country District, said.