The Pickett County School System is using COVID funding to put on a four week high school summer learning camp.
Director of Schools Diane Elder said the summer school is meant for students that need credit recovery to advance.
“We will run that summer school four days a week for seven hours a day, and we will provide transportation for summer school,” Elder said. “We hope to regain some of the learning loss. We hope to give students the ability to pass to the next grade.”
Elder said eight teachers will operate classes that cover the core subjects. Classes begin on May 28th.
Elder said the criteria to enter the high school level summer school is being created by the principal. Elder said this summer school is locally operated and is not operated from the state funding for K-8 summer schooling.
“This one is locally set,” Elder said. “It does not have the restrictions the one from the state has. We will be using ESSER funds for it. There is a different pot of money for the one at K-8.”
The funding comes from ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) 2.0 through the CARES Act. Elder said the remaining amount of the $605,000 was used for 250 laptops and a school system reimbursement for the money spent on substitute teachers.