Some districts in Door and Kewaunee Counties are experiencing pre-pandemic levels of enrollment for this year’s summer school opportunities. The pandemic took kids out of the classroom in March 2020, taking away in-person summer school opportunities last year. The USA Today Network Wisconsin is reporting that school districts in more urban areas like Green Bay and Appleton are expecting a higher than usual turnout for their summer school to make up for lost time in the classroom. With few exceptions, students in Door and Kewaunee counties’ eight school districts were able to return their classrooms if they chose to do so.
Aside from some credit recovery and work-ahead courses, Southern Door School District does not sponsor its own have summer school. Instead, opportunities like the National Camp Invention and the 21st Century Program are returning in 2021. Superintendent Patti Vickman is happy the extra time in the classroom is a want more than a need this summer even with a pandemic.
Kewaunee High School Principal Michael Bennett says similar to other years, their bigger focus will be on kids that need a little extra help earning the credits they need to earn their diploma.
One school district that will have to stay virtual with its summer school programming is Sturgeon Bay School District, though that is less about the pandemic and more about a busy summer of construction at many of its facilities.