Natchitoches Parish School District looks to change Summer School format

School this year ends on June 3 for students and June 4 for teachers. Summer school will start June 7 and run through June 24. The district has the preliminary numbers of students who failed. These students will need to go to summer school. The district is also trying to determine numbers on how many teachers there will be for some summer school.

The district is doing a survey to see who’s interested and should know by the end of the week how many teacher spots there are so they can know how many student spots can be offered. The difference this year with summer school as opposed to previous years is that this year summer school will truly be a camp atmosphere. It will run from 8 am – 3 pm, but only two or three of those hours will be true academic instruction of ELA and Math. The rest of the time it will be a camp-like atmosphere with Art, PE, and Music.

So, the district wants to offer this opportunity to students who need it, but if possible, the district wants to offer this to another 500 students. This would mean the summer camp will offer free child care with transportation and food provided and it’d all be supported by the ESSER II and ESSER III dollars. ESSER stands for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Congress set aside approximately $13.2 billion of the $30.75 billion allotted to the Education Stabilization Fund through the CARES Act for ESSER funding. The Department will award these grants ­to State educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the Nation.

The tentative sites include Fairview which will serve the Fairview, Goldonna and Lakeview communities for children in 1st through 8th grade.

Natchitoches Magnet School will serve in town, Marthaville and Provencal for 3rd through 8th grade students. LP Vaughn will serve 1st and 2nd grade students for in-town schools, Marthaville and Provencal areas.

There will also be a Pre-K II program that will be separate from summer school that’s covered by a different grant that will also be very important and then the high schools will be tentatively at both high schools. There will be more information coming out about this soon.

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