Monday kicks off summer school for BDS students

Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 8:02 PM CDT
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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It might be summer, but it’s time for some Bay District School students to pick the pen and paper back up. Monday was the start of the summer school programs. Thanks to more ESSER funds allocated by the district, things might seem a little different this year.

The district is using the ESSER money to provide summer school programs at every school. This is for students who have failed a class and need credit recovery to move on to the next grade level or graduate on time.

Director of Secondary Instruction Alana Simmons said they had more than 1,700 middle and high school students enroll. Simmons said because of the pandemic, this is far more than in previous years. She said this equates to more than 3,000 courses to be recovered by students.

“We are very lucky that we have a ton of committed teachers that volunteered their time to teach summer school and for students to have that opportunity to sit with them face-to-face and to get that extra information and those extra topics that they need remediation on to stay on track,” said Simmons.

Public Information Officer Sharon Michalik said a rough estimate shows about 2,100 students attended Monday. Simmons wants to remind students they can only attend summer school if they qualify and have registered prior to the end of the regular school year. This is important to make sure there is enough transportation, free meals, and teachers to go around.

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