Though most area classrooms are now sitting empty, several schools are making preparations for opening up some classes in order to help a few students keep up with their classmates. Summer school kicks off Monday and students who want to get those grades up can take advantage of the opportunity, and busing is even available for those unable to drive or get a ride. Courtesy photo
By RACHEL coleman
• Leader & Times
Not all teachers and building principals have begun a vacation: with Liberal USD No. 480 summer school set to begin Monday, faculty and staff are gearing up for one more month of work.
Summer school runs from June 6 to June 30, with one school serving each age division.
o Preschool and kindergarten students will attend class at Washington Elementary; Vicki Adams and John Jones will supervise.
o First- through third-graders also attend at Washington, with John Jones in charge.
o Grades four through six meet at Cottonwood Intermediate. Jon Scheider is running the session.
o All middle- and high-school classes take place at Liberal High School. For middle school students, Gilberto Rito will supervise. Keith Adams will oversee the high school students.
Rather than optional or enhancement classes sometimes offered in the past, this year’s version of summer school focuses on the pared-down basics. Health class, often offered as a summer course for students who want to get the required course out of the way, is not one of the options this year.
“It’s pretty traditional, focusing on remediation for students who are, perhaps, borderline,” said director of human resources and public relations Paul Larkin. “In some cases, teachers are trying to make the decision about retention.” The district’s application materials spell out the situation for parents and reluctant students:
“As a result of your child’s low MAP or KCA scores, poor attendance, or poor grades, he/she will be expected to attend summer school each day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 through 30. If he/she fails to attend or does not make adequate improvements in summer school, he/she may be retained,” the form for student continuation states.
Even though it’s required for some students, the month of extra schooling offers some benefits. Free breakfast and lunch are served at all sites. Transportation is available. Most appealing to some students might be the shorter day: summer school operates from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Larkin said he hopes students take advantage of what the month offers.
“Summer school serves as a last-minute chance,” he said. “It can make the difference between being held back or moving on.”