The Washoe County School District is planning for a massive and robust summer school program across every grade leave in the wake of COVID-19.
The district said it will be open to everyone and is considering instruction on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
It’s still in the planning stages, but more information on the program will be available in the coming weeks, according to Superintendent Kristen McNeill.
The district is planning to use funding from federal COVID-19 relief to boost programs that will including transportation and school meals.
“With over 100 schools, it is going to take a coordination effort like never before,” McNeill said on Friday.
McNeill has been vocal about the learning loss resulting from disruption due to COVID-19. She has previously said it could take two to three years to make up academically.
This school year the number of students chronically absent — missing 18 days or more of school — has tripled in Washoe County. The district said 50 percent of high school students have been chronically absent this school year.
Even at the district’s elementary schools, which have offered in-person learning since August, nearly one in four students has been chronically absent. It’s up from 11 percent before the pandemic.
McNeill said the district will be recruiting for staff including new college graduates. The district has also hired a summer school coordinator.
Programs are being planned for credit recovery but also will include fun. There will also be distance learning options.
McNeill said outdoor classrooms, partnership opportunities with local nonprofits and career visits are being considered as part of summer programs.
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