Bay District schools expand summer school programs

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — More than 20-million dollars in emergency relief funds has allowed Bay District schools to offer summer school to most elementary school students.

“When the ESSER funds came out to continue the summer learning recovery, it was a bit different than how we’ve done summer school before, but more exciting in my opinion because we have our students here,” said Principal Clint Whitfield at Breakfast Point Academy.

Monday marked the first day of elementary summer school, which is for enrichment and to help students make up learning loss from the interruptions experienced from the pandemic.

The district is providing transportation and two free meals a day.

Mask wearing is optional and there are no social distancing protocols.

“Now our teachers can work closely with our students and reestablish those relationships and connections to where it just seemed it was hard to really get to that core with so many guidelines,” said Whitfield.

Every Bay district elementary school is offering the extra instruction, but some classes are already full. School district officials said to call your child’s elementary school as soon as possible to see if enrollment is still an option.

“Oh it was really great to get to see the kids again. They were all excited to come and learn again,” said Kendall Emery, a third grade teacher at Breakfast Point.

Students at Breakfast Point Academy have the opportunity to learn on a specialized path.
“We have a new program called iReady, a computer program that we’re really excited about getting started with. So it’s got a diagnostic they took today and then it gives them their own learning path that’s customized just for them, so that they can get the best out of their education,” said Emery.

“I really think that starting off this summer is a good transition back into what we hope will be a normal year,” said Whitfield.

Secondary summer school also started Monday. That is for students who have failed a required class.

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