When the pandemic hit, and schools were forced to pivot to non-traditional instruction, some students in the state fell behind. Christian County Public Schools have launched a learning recovery plan to help bring those students back into good standing.

The plan has four phases, with the first phase already in motion.

“Phase one is the phase were in now,” said CCPS Director of Instruction Jessica Addison Thursday at a Christian County Board of Education meeting. “Where we’re offering aggressive interventions both during the school day and extended school services after school.”

She added that local public schools can be more aggressive than in the past with extended school interventions due to funds from the CARES Act.

Schools are also using assessment data to target problem instructional areas to focus on teaching.

Stimulus funds have also allowed the schools to provide transportation for all schools’ extended services, Addison noted.

“A lot of what we’re seeing as far as grades go is really just students not turning in work,” she said. “And so having them back in the buildings allows teachers, and administrators and counselors to talk to those students and to motivate them and encourage them …”

Phase two focuses on students who are at risk of failing by planning a summer learning institute.

“Phase two is really when we’re going to begin shifting and thinking about (a) summer learning institute,” Addison said. “We know that some of our students are going to need credit recovery this summer.”

The summer learning institute will be a 16-day program helping students at risk of failing, students interested in accelerated learning and students needing support with transitioning to a new grade level.

“One thing I would point out is that the summer learning institute is not your traditional summer school,” Addison said. “And we really want to be intentional about offering this for all students.”

The third phase will officially launch the summer learning institute, most likely in June.

The final phase will run from 2021-2023. It will use student data to plan for targeted interventions throughout the rest of a student’s time in the district if needed.

“Phase four is really going to be an ongoing intervention plan,” Addison said.

Each school will have its own intervention coach.

Addison said more information on the plan will be presented at the school board’s next workshop meeting.

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