OSWEGO – Local education officials and school curriculum experts are finalizing details of reinstating summer programs at schools in Port City, some of which were previously offered virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oswego City School District (OCSD) officials this week announced in-person summer programs for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students at Charles E. Riley Elementary School in Middle School Oswego and Oswego High School, July 8 to August 18.
Programs offered this summer will focus on helping students to recover from any learning loss, said Dr Heidi Sweeney, executive director of secondary education and staff at OCSD.
“We want to fill any (learning) gaps that may still exist, and also support students who need to recoup credits,” Sweeney said.
The learning loss and credit recovery programs will run five days a week for 30 days. For Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, programs will focus on English (ELA) and math classes, while programs targeting high school students will focus on credit recovery.
“We hope to keep our classes relatively small in order to both increase personalized contact with students and to ensure that we are following all health and safety (COVID-19) guidelines,” Sweeney said, adding that the breakfast and lunch will be provided to students at any time. load.
Students will be recommended to follow the program based on a variety of performance indicators determined by the district and gathered throughout this school year, Sweeney said. She also said that students can opt for the in-person version of the program, but will have the option to participate virtually.
“We will be reviewing and monitoring student progress throughout the summer to assess where we have been successful and where we need to make adjustments,” she said.
Carrie Plasse, executive director of primary education and district responsibility, listed data from Star ELA and math assessments, a series of tests provided by the Renaissance analytics company that help track learning progress. students, as data points used to develop summer programs.
“It’s really the teachers who put the names of the students forward,” Plasse said, with attendance and overall learning level being assessed on a case-by-case basis. “We also look at report cards and student performance in class, so a lot of data points are pulled from teachers. “
While officials noted that students who choose to participate in these programs in person will only be at school facilities for half the day, details are still being worked out.
“We’re still working on our start and end times and the logistics of that, as we haven’t reduced the number of students who will be participating in the program,” Plasse said. “We need to plan the route of the buses and make sure we have the proper safety and social distancing measures on the buses.”
Families in the district will receive an official communication from OCSD officials in the coming weeks, Sweeney said, adding that the district has started its process of recruiting summer support staff.
Through their partnership with the Center for Education, Technology and Innovation (CiTi) BOCES, schools in Oswego will also offer students with disabilities access to the Extended School Year (ESY) program. The program, which operated virtually last year due to safety regulations instituted by health authorities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, is expected to revert to an in-person program on July 5 and end on July 13. August.
CiTi BOCES Exceptional and Alternative Education Director Julie Landy noted that faculty and staff are “excited” to restore the program to its pre-pandemic form. “We are delighted to be able to safely meet again and to have the opportunity to continue to build relationships and skills.”