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Northeast Ohio districts gear up for summer school

Creative programming will make sure students are up to speed in the fall after a year of remote or hybrid learning.

CLEVELAND — Summer school is on the horizon, and as families make their plans, Assistant Superintendent at Avon Lake City Schools Jack Dibee says school leaders want to make sure no student falls behind.

"Help with any skill loss or any learning loss that may have taken place because of the craziness with COVID and also we want to make sure we’re meeting kids social and emotional needs," Dibee said. "We also have areas high school students can focus on to get ahead in, like, AP Calculus if they choose that jumpstart program."

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At the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, CEO Eric Gordon says its Summer Learning Experience will focus on three areas: core academics, engagement opportunity, and enrichment. The program is providing an opportunity to combine learning with a student's interests.

"They will select from an opportunity to finish unfinished learning in reading and math and core content subjects, Gordon told 3News. "An enrichment project in STEM, the arts, humanities, career technical education, even a really exciting one called 'In The Land,' and then an engagement opportunity to get back engaged in out of school time activities.

"They'll also have the chance to participate in a marching band camp for students [who] didn't get to play their instrument or want to start learning an instrument and any number of creative opportunities to enrich and engage."

Knowing some students need more help than others and that their program is limited with space, officials reached out to some families directly.

"Our classroom teachers and building principals, they went through using some criteria that we developed and then sent letters to parents letting them know that we’re recommending them for this program," Dibee said.

If an in-person summer learning experience is something your family is interested in, school leaders say to reach out now, because all students can benefit from the programming.

"This is designed both to respond to the year that we've just gotten through and finish that unfinished learning, but also to look ahead to the year ahead of us and enrich and engage our student experience," Gordon explained.

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