Schools in this state can open for summer school

Local North Dakota school districts will make final decisions on in-person summer school
By: | May 13, 2020
While many U.S. district leaders have already decided that online learning will continue through summer school, some school systems want to bring students back to classrooms. (Photo: GettyImages.com/Klaus Vedfelt)While many U.S. district leaders have already decided that online learning will continue through summer school, some school systems want to bring students back to classrooms. (Photo: GettyImages.com/Klaus Vedfelt)

Schools in North Dakota can hold in-person summer school sessions as part of the process toward fully reopening in the fall, the states’ governor has announced.

Local superintendents and school boards will make the final decisions about whether to reopen their buildings, the Grand Forks Herald reported. 

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said summer programs are limited to 15 people and must comply with the agency’s guidelines for reopening schools safely, according to the newspaper.

Leaders in many U.S. districts have already decided that all summer classes will be offered online. But in Texas, concerns over online learning challenges have led Copperas Cove ISD to move to bring students back into classrooms this summer, KWTX-TV reported.


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“We have some serious concerns doing virtual learning with the students,” Superintendent Joe Burns said at a school board meeting this week, according to KWTX-TV. “What we anticipate is that they have not been successful and that, thus far, they need some more concentrated focus instruction in a very small group.”

Classes would be limited to six to eight students, the station reported.

Summer school ed-tech strategies

In Los Angeles USD, almost all of the district’s students now have the technology to access summer school, which will take place online, Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a message to the district.

LAUSD procurement teams scoured the globe to find ed-tech devices while IT teams provided students with the proper software and hardware. Principals and teachers are working to ensure all students know how to connect, Beutner said.


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“Students at all levels are now able to participate in online learning, and remarkable things are beginning to happen,” Beutner said. “If the transition to online learning is our moonshot, the rocket has been built and liftoff has occurred.”

The large Hillsborough County School District on Florida’s west coast is also planning for virtual summer school for students who need to catch up or stay on track to graduate, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

“It’s going to be difficult. Is it the same as face-to-face? The answer to that is going to be no, for most,” Superintendent Addison Davis told the Tampa Bay Times. “But we have some students who are thriving. And we have some teachers who are doing amazing things. Am I confident that it will address the summer learning loss? Time will tell.”

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