For summer schools, the Jefferson County school district will continue to use online instruction and other alternative teaching methods developed since the school building was closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will offer several virtual courses to our high school students for credit recovery,” said Northwest Inspector Desi Kirchhofer, who is also president of the Jefferson County Trustees Association. “We have not made a final decision on whether we can expand virtually to a lower level. Private summer school will not be a consideration until July, and even then, I don’t know if we can take the children personally and be prepared to handle the physical distance that needs to occur. “
On May 8, Fox announced it would also offer a virtual summer school program, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials. The Jefferson County Health Department also recommended that the district continue to keep its buildings, rails and playground closed to the public until June 30, Inspector Fox Nisha Patel said in a written statement.
For summer school, Fox will offer two programs for students entering kindergarten through eighth grade – K-8 Summer School Lite or Virtual Summer Academy. Students have until 27 May to register for class.
Summer School Lite will help students with math and reading skills and will consist of two 10-day sessions – one from 1 June to 12 June and the other from 27 July to 7 August.
The virtual academy will discuss material that is normally covered in the last quarter of the previous school year and will have two 10-day sessions – 15 June to 26 June and 13 July to 24 July.
For both summer school programs, class sizes will be limited to no more than 20 students to make time for teachers to meet virtually with each student one at a time.
Various 20-day courses for Fox district high school students will be held in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, music, arts, career exploration, child development and personal finance. Students will receive secondary school credit for the course.
“I believe in the situation with COVID-19 this is our best solution,” Patel said. “We must always maintain the safety of our students and staff when developing plans. Our current goal is to help minimize transmission of cases.
“By providing summer classes virtually, we can reduce the risk of spreading viruses and still serve our students academically. This is certainly not ideal, but we feel that we meet our needs given the unprecedented circumstances. “
The Soto De School District will offer online summer courses for students who will enter grades seven through 12. Classes will be held from 1 June to 30 June.
Superintendent Josh Isaacson said the district was also checking whether they could offer on-site classes to students in kindergarten through sixth grade in July.
“As we move forward, we will make a determination if the plan needs to be changed based on what we see and guidance from the Department of Health and the country,” Isaacson said.