Gwinnett plans virtual summer school

Last summer, Gwinnett teachers received training for math instruction while students got extra learning. This year, all summer school activities will be held virtually, the district has announced. AJC file photo
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Last summer, Gwinnett teachers received training for math instruction while students got extra learning. This year, all summer school activities will be held virtually, the district has announced. AJC file photo

With plans to end the school year underway, Gwinnett County Public Schools also released information on summer school activities. And although district leaders are looking ahead to fall, no decisions have been made about how the next school year will come about.

Gwinnett will not offer face-to-face summer school options during June. High school students may take online summer classes through Gwinnett Online Campus, community school programs and credit recovery courses.

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Ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and speculation about its impact on reopening schools could affect the start of the 2020–21 school year. No decisions have been made on when school will begin in the fall, but possible options include:

• Follow the existing calendar for the 2020–21 school year, which is very similar to this year’s calendar. School would begin on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and end on Wednesday, May 26.

• Begin the year on Aug. 5 with digital learning, providing small-group, in-school opportunities for new students and kindergartners to introduce our digital learning platform and provide in-class support for students in grades 1–3.

• Follow an alternate calendar for 2020–21 that calls for school to start after Labor Day and end in mid-June. This calendar would include a weeklong Thanksgiving Break, a 10-day Winter Break, and a weeklong Spring Break.

• If it appears GCPS will be able to begin the year as planned on Wednesday, Aug. 5, an in-person summer session for identified elementary and middle school students will be held July 6–21.

• If the COVID-19 situation delays the start of school until September, an in-person summer session for elementary

and middle school students will occur Aug. 3–21. An in-person high school session would occur Aug. 3–25. These plans are dependent on the fluid COVID situation.

Information: gwinnett.k12.ga.us

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