Local school districts looking to address learning loss with summer school

Chico Unified School District is planning to expand their summer school sessions this year to help get students back on track.

Posted: Mar 24, 2021 7:05 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2021 11:55 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt education across the globe, so local districts are looking to expand their summer school programs.

Chico Unified School District is planning on having three summer sessions to help with learning loss.

The first two will include academics, enrichment and recreation.

The early back session will focus on grade-level concepts and skills.

Shannon Logue teaches first grade at Shasta Elementary School.

She is dedicated to seeing her kids grow in the classroom, so when Chico Unified asked her if she wanted to teach this summer, she was all in.

"I think it's going to be great to have the students together,” Logue said. “And just continuing to keep making progress through everything we lost throughout the school year."

Adding more sessions to the summer is not the only plan Chico Unified has in the works.

They are anticipating a year-and-a-half to two-and-a-half years of additional learning loss activities.

"We have enough money to do it this summer, next summer and to do more extended learning during the school year,” said Jay Marchant, assistant superintendent at Chico Unified School District.

Local districts are grateful for the federal pandemic relief funds and California’s Learning Loss Mitigation funds that will make these extra sessions possible.

Joshua Vaneck, a 4th grader at Shasta Elementary, thinks summer school will be a good option for struggling students.

"They will be able to catch up more and get closer to the new grade," Vaneck said.

Ms. Logue looks forward to welcoming students like Joshua back to the classroom this summer.

"I hope parents will sign their kids up and we can just keep growing and continuing to work through the summer,” said Logue.

Chico Unified sent out a survey about the elementary summer school programs.

If you have a student in the district, click here to complete the survey by Wednesday, March 31.

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