A rural DeWitt County school district continues to discuss and weigh the merits of summer school.
Districts across the area differ on how much summer school to offer and plans will vary based on what the needs of kids will be after instruction time has been greatly impacted the last 12 months due to COVID. Superintendent of Deland-Weldon Schools, Amanda Geary told Regional Radio News on the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, those decisions have not been made but conversations are still happening.
According to Geary, each student is at a different point in their development. She points out, many students would be behind anyways while others are behind as a result of the lost instruction time of the last year.
While many school leaders have reported positive developments of more progress being made in classrooms than perhaps anticipated, Geary says that is the case in her district but also believes her staff has had a good attitude all school year and attributes those developments largely to that.
Over 90-percent of students are learning in-person for Deland-Weldon Schools. Geary reminds that remote learners are virtually attending class as the district did not opt for an outside curriculum, which means students must attend class from home and they are virtually part of the classroom setting each day.