Local Summer School Enrollment Rises As Districts Strive To Fill Gaps Driven By Pandemic | Education

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Bryan has increased his summer school offerings from previous years, according to Leslie Holtkamp, ​​Director of Program and Education at Bryan ISD. High school students now have the option to go ahead in the summer by getting first-time credit, which is separate from credit recovery, whereby students can get credit for a class they don’t. were not initially successful.

Holtkamp estimated that Bryan’s summer school enrollment has “more than doubled” from 2019, with more than 5,000 students participating. Bryan ISD had over 15,800 students enrolled for the 2020-21 school year.

“The teachers provided virtual learning, and our parents partnered with us to help as much as they could – but we heard from parents that we want our students to be there this summer to fill in the gaps that could have been caused by the pandemic. “said Holtkamp.

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Early Wednesday afternoon, the bilingual pre-K students at Henderson Elementary School in Bryan alternated between a lively physical education session – with the ever-popular parachute game – and color identification and corresponding elements in classrooms.

Margaret DeJesus, who works as a bilingual facilitator at Bryan’s Summer School, said summer provides time and space for students to make up for lost time, hone particular skills or develop their skills. strong points.

“We see that there have been interruptions in schooling, but we are all working very hard to make up for this time by offering many programs that children and families can participate in wherever they want,” said DeJesus.


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