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    Summer School FAQ

    What will summer learning look like for my student?

    The 2020 summer learning program is open to all SPS students to help sharpen their academic skills for next school year and beyond. Courses are online with supplemental K-5th grade learning packets and books distributed at our 26 meal sites.

    Students receiving special education services: What does Summer of Learning look like for students receiving special education services? As with previous years, The Summer of Learning is optional general education programming. This is not a vehicle for compensatory education, nor is the Summer of Learning a replacement for Extended School Year (ESY) services. Visit the Special Education FAQ for more information.

    Incoming Kindergartners: We are exploring activities to support the transition to kindergarten. Go to the Jump Start webpage to learn more.

    Current Kindergartners-Fifth Graders: Students will have access to 25 (5 SEL, 10 math, 10 ELA) on-demand learning videos for math, reading, and social-emotional learning. Lessons will focus on the key content, concepts, and skills students need to start strong in school year 2020-21. Each cohort of students will have access to a teacher and classroom meetings to provide much-needed connection and community over the summer. Class meetings will take place on a routine basis as determined by the teacher. Go to the summer program webpage for elementary school students.

    Supplemental K-5th grade learning packets and book distribution will also be available at the current 26 student meal sites.

    Incoming Sixth Graders: The Bridge Program is self-paced and will help students develop the skills and mind-sets needed for a strong transition to middle school and high school. They will have access to a teacher but may not necessarily be provided 1:1 support. This is in addition to the K-5th grade program. Students can register and participate in both if they want. The bridge program will be on-demand and ongoing, so students that register will have the lessons uploaded to their Schoology pages for them to access. Learn more about Summer Bridge Program for students moving to sixth grade.

    Current Sixth-Eighth Graders: Students will have access to 20 on-demand learning videos for math and reading (10 of each). Lessons will focus on the key content, concepts, and skills students need to start strong in school year 2020-21. Each cohort of students will have access to a teacher. Go to the summer program webpage for middle school students.

    Incoming Ninth Graders: The Bridge Program is self-paced and will help students develop the skills and mind-sets needed for a strong transition to middle school and high school. They will have access to a teacher but may not necessarily be provided 1:1 support. This is in addition to the 6th-8th grade program. Students can register and participate in both if they want. The bridge program will be on-demand and ongoing, so students that register will have the lessons uploaded to their Schoology pages for them to access. Learn more about Summer Bridge Program for students moving to ninth grade here.

    Current Ninth-Twelfth Graders: High school students will have the opportunity to take a variety of summer learning courses including credit-recovery, credit-bearing, and non-credit courses. Students currently in grades 9-12 who need credit recovery for a course they previously did not pass or who have received an "Incomplete" during the school building closures will have the opportunity to recover up to 1.0 credits. Students that do not need credit retrieval can take non-credit bearing courses to help prepare students for the appropriate grade level course they would be assigned to in the fall. Course descriptions and registration for these enrichment courses opened on June 3. Read more about summer programs for high school students.

    Superintendent Juneau and Chief of Schools Wyeth Jessee hosted a Virtual Town Hall Meeting to discuss expanded summer school opportunities for students. Watch the May 19 meeting on our Facebook page.

    How do I enroll my student for summer school?

    Registration for many of our summer programs is open May 26 through June 12.  Course descriptions and links to registration are available on our summer programs webpage.

    Can students get credit?

    High school students that need to recover credit or who have received an 'incomplete' due to the COVID school building closure can receive credit for summer courses. Read more about credit retrieval for high school students.

    How will this effect current summer programs such as Summer Staircase, Jump Start, and Skills Center offerings?

    Students needing targeted supports previously offered in Summer Staircase will participate in a similar program. We are exploring activities to support the transition to kindergarten and Jump Start. SPS will continue to offer first-time credit earning opportunities in high school Career and Technical Education through the Skills Center.

    In addition, the International Education department has a limited number and range of remote learning classes in which students can earn a Level 1 high school world language credit. This includes a partnership with One World Now! Summer Language Program.

    Read more about Jump Start for incoming kindergarten students.

    Read more about Skills Center summer courses.

    Read more about world language credit opportunities.

    What supports will be provided for students receiving special education services?

    We have been working closely with our special education team on summer school supports. Students receiving special education services are encouraged to sign up for summer school classes and will receive their IEP and 504 supports and services to the greatest extent possible, consistent with federal and state guidance regarding the rights of students with disabilities while school buildings are closed.

    Will there be live video lessons?

    Most summer learning opportunities will be offered through pre-recorded videos for students and/or lessons accessed on Schoology. There will be some 1:1 or small group tutoring and there may be some live video lessons based on student needs and teacher recommendations.

    Why not provide day-long classes?

    We are following guidance from OSPI, the state education agency, as well as formatting lessons and classes to ensure they are developmentally appropriate for students. All-day virtual classes are not recommended at all grade levels.

    How can my student get access to 1:1 tutoring or direct support from a counselor?

    While all students will have access to summer learning opportunities, school-based staff will help identify students who might need more personalized support. These supports include social emotional learning and 1:1 tutoring.

    Will meal sites be open through the summer?

    Our nutrition services staff will continue its current meal service through the end of August. Learn more about meal distribution.

    What supports are provided for current seniors over the summer?

    Seniors that need to recover credit or who have received an 'incomplete' due to the COVID school building closure can receive credit for summer courses. Read more about credit retrieval for high school students.

    What is the district doing to provide more laptops and hotspots?

    We are working with partners to provide devices to students for summer learning based on need, as well as connecting families to low-cost internet options. Educators and school-based staff will work directly with families to assess need. Learn more about our device distribution and tech support for families.

    Will the lessons be interpreted?

    Interpretation will be provided as requested for our summer school courses. We are also hiring our SPS instructional assistants to support ELL services.

    Are the summer school programs graded? If so, how?

    The K-8 programs do not issue summer grades and the high school offering for credit recovery will follow the grading policy established by the School Board during the school closures. You can learn more on our grading FAQ webpage.