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Marietta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Grant Rivera said the system has had more than 800 kindergarten through fifth-grade students and roughly 220 sixth- through eighth-grade students sign up for the summer school classes. The deadline for those students to register is May 6. The high school program doesn’t have the same firm deadline, Rivera said.
The Marietta City School Board unanimously approved both programs at its April 21 meeting, with the K-8 program costing about $23,200 and the high school program’s cost not exceeding $350,000.
School systems during the summer months usually expect students to experience an academic slide, which happens when they do not retain all of what they learned during the school year. However, Rivera said experts are warning districts that their students could also experience a “COVID-19 slide” that could begin as early as March and last through August or longer.
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The virtual summer school program allows parents to keep their children engaged with learning throughout the summer.
Rivera said the program is another example of how “we virtually wrap our arms around our children.”
As a parent, Rivera said he understands the challenge families face now as they are juggling health concerns and job instability, and how those factors can impact a child’s ability to learn.
“We are doing our part to make sure that if they want support, that doesn’t stop May 22,” he said, referring to the last day of school. “We are in this together and we are committed to do everything we can … so that their child has the greatest opportunity for success.”
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