Local school districts to offer summer learning programs

They’re focused on face-to-face instruction

The school year is over for many students, but summer school programs are just getting started.

LYNCHBURG, Va. – As some children hit the pool, others will hit the books because summer learning programs are back in session.

School leaders we spoke with Thursday said they’ll continue to enforce COVID-19 guidelines, like social distancing and masks; but they’re focused on face-to-face instruction.

Lynchburg City Schools is offering programs four days a week for nearly 1,700 students.

“This is more than double what we had in 2019. We didn’t have in-person offerings last year due to COVID,” said Dr. Allison Jordan, director of curriculum and instruction for Lynchburg City Schools.

Courses range from those exceling at their grade level, to credit recovery.

Ninth graders can participate in two, new online courses, while Pre-K through fifth graders can have math and reading instruction in the morning with fun-filled afternoons.

“We’ve come off of a really challenging year and I, personally, was really worried that we would all be tired at this point. We’re really energized,” said Jordan.

More than 3,000 Roanoke City children will take part in a six-week course this summer.

Students, Pre-K through 12, can work on subjects they’re struggling with while being in-person five days a week.

“Each and every day is vital, that when we have our students, that’s the time that we have them and we can make the biggest difference,” said Greg Johnston, executive director for academics for Roanoke City Public Schools.

About 500 Henry County students are enrolled in some sort of summer activity.

Besides classes being offered at all levels, children in grades four through seven can sign up for an explore camp with hands-on excursions.

“It’s usually a weeklong activity process, but with the pandemic, we weren’t sure what to expect. So, it is only a day this summer, but we hope to go back to that weeklong programming,” said Monica Hatchett, director of communication for Henry County Public Schools.

The three districts we spoke to are also offering meal programs to make sure students receive proper nutrition during the summer.


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Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.