Charleston School District begins summer school due to lack of learning about COVID-19
CHARLESTON, Mo. (KFVS) – The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way students learn throughout the school year.
For a Heartland school district, this caused a learning gap.
To close the gap, some students in the Charleston RI School District will continue to learn throughout the summer.
At Warren E. Hearnes, face-to-face elementary learning is critical to a student’s success.
“Nothing can replace being here at school,” said Anne Willis, math interventionist.
But with the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been forced to pack early and learn through a screen.
“We came out of school in March, so, you know, the kids didn’t have any education from March to August,” she said.
Students are not where they should be for the next school year.
Education officials report that students have the most difficulty in subjects such as math and reading.
“COVID, it didn’t help anything at all,” she said.
So now summer school is back after years without having it.
“We have decided to go ahead and start this summer, there are a few issues that need to be addressed and really see where the kids are at,” Willis said.
Willis hopes the summer school can help put these kids back on top.
“I really hope the children will have confidence in them. There are weaknesses and gaps, but I think that with the right tools and the right teaching techniques, we can make them more confident, ”she said.
Speech-language pathologist Heidi Jones said this one-on-one summer can be very beneficial.
“We had the opportunity to bring in some teachers and do math and reading exercises for individualized instruction. So that’s kind of the decision we made, just maybe to close that gap between what they might have been missing, ”she said.
These students will therefore continue to learn in the hope of closing this gap.
“Let’s keep working on what we’ve been working on all year and will start over at the start of the new year,” Jones said.
School principal Adam Grindstaff said there were also many positive results from this past school year.
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