School districts in the Lansing area offer summer programs to fill educational gaps

LANSING, Michigan – The school districts in central Michigan have been mostly remote this year. Now they want to use the summer to close the gaps that virtual learning has left.

School districts plan to use the summer to fill the gaps in virtual learning.

“Every other year there is a so-called summer slide in which our children lose part of their learning from the previous school year. So we’ve always tried to offer our students some summer school options, ”said Teri Bernero, Lansing School District Director for Pathway Promise. “With COVID and our students only online, we really feel that the learning loss is even greater this year.”

Glenn Mitcham, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at East Lansing Public Schools, said summer programs are a necessity.

Glenn Mitcham, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at East Lansing Public Schools

“Our children have been in their rooms on the computer for far too long and have gone to school. We want to give them the opportunity to have more contact with our teachers,” he said.

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The public schools in Lansing and East Lansing are joining districts across the region to launch summer school programs to catch up with students before the fall semester.

The programs will be paid for from $ 90 million in federal funds provided to schools by Governor Gretchen Whitmer as part of Michigan’s COVID-19 rebound.

Steve Netzel from Holt Public Schools said the parents were very interested.

Steve Netzel from Holt Public Schools said the parents were very interested.

“About a month ago the district sent an interest poll to our public to see where our parents and guardians are, and we had over 400 parents who responded,” he said.

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Mitcham said East Lansing’s program will try to meet the toll that distance learning places on students.

Mitcham said East Lansing’s program will try to meet the toll that distance learning places on students.

“One of the most important things for any student, and especially our children at risk, is connecting with teachers,” he said. “This connector is becoming more and more vulnerable and more difficult to do in an online environment.”

Bernero says summer programs like the one she helped create will serve more than just academic purpose.

Bernero says summer programs like the one she helped create will serve more than just academic purpose.

“We will have a specialist in student support. When our children, or when they need this social, emotional support, this specialist will be there.”

East Lansing public schools host a personal summer learning camp for K-5 students, prep classes for prospective eighth graders, and tutoring for all grade levels. Registration is closed.

Lansing Public Schools offer both in-person and online summer programs that offer art and music classes, career research laboratories, and equestrian activities. Slots are still available. More information can be found here.

Summer SOAR Flyer 2021

Courtesy of the Lansing Public School District

The Lansing Public School District offers summer programs to fill the gap in distance learning.

Holt Public Schools will hold three face-to-face sessions offering traditional classes as well as arts, music and physical education classes. There are also places available for this program.

Holt Public Schools will hold three face-to-face sessions offering traditional classes as well as arts, music and physical education classes. There are also places available for this program.

“There are some students who will return in the fall and have not missed a beat,” said Netzel. “There will be some who will need additional time with our staff and additional time to receive instructions. How can we accommodate the pandemic and the consequences of the pandemic and provide what children need?”

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