Summer Bridge taking shape in Pinellas
Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego announced last week that he’s strongly encouraging about 12,000 students to enroll in a new six-week summer program aimed at combating summer learning loss.
He’s racing against the clock to get it in place for this summer, and a lot of details are still missing. How much will it cost? How will the school district pay for it? What will teachers earn if they work during the summer?
The School Board won’t get those answers Thursday at its workshop meeting. But it will get a peek at draft schedules for summer classes at the elementary, middle and high schools.
All of the high schools, including Bayside, will offer re-take courses for students who failed the state’s end-of-course exams in Algebra, biology and geometry. Middle schools will have 90-minute blocks of reading, math and science. In the elementary schools, a draft schedule includes science and math and guided reading and literacy stations. Instruction is in blocks of 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes and one hour.
Grego has emphasized that summer classes, which are voluntary, should be fun.
Students on the “target list” for the summer bridge program are those who have struggled academically, based on FCAT scores, end-of-course exams and, for the youngest learners, other assessments.