"In light of the governor's extensive list of requirements to hold in-person summer school, I am electing to go all-virtual with summer school in MISD,” Superintendent Rick McDaniel said in a statement.
Virtual summer school classes will include online lessons and activities for bilingual/ESL students, special education students and students needing credit recovery, the district said in a news release. There will also be options for students who are looking to enrich their education during the summer months.
High School students will use the APEX online platform for credit recovery. Campus staff are in the process of contacting these students with information about registration, according to the district.
For MISD’s pre-K and kindergarten English learners who participate in a bilingual or ESL program, the district will provide summer school instruction delivered virtually through a hybrid learning model. This will include a blend of online real-time interaction with a teacher and lessons delivered through Seesaw, according to the news release.
Students who receive extended school year services will do so in a digital teaching and learning format this summer using the Canvas and Seesaw platforms, per the news release.
For grades pre-K-8, the district’s Enrichment at Home website will launch a summer component at the end of the school year featuring a range of enrichment opportunities for students that include physical education activities and activities for students identified as gifted and talented. They are all designed to engage students independently and do not require parents to take on the role of teacher, the district said.
“Our goal, in addition to the necessity of credit recovery, is to give our students opportunities to extend learning over the summer months in ways that are engaging and fun, and to keep them mentally focused and prepared to start school in the fall,” McDaniel said in the release.