In May of 2021, Carteret County Schools announced a summer program to help at-risk students who are failing classes or not being at grade level academically due to virtual learning during the 2020 and early 2021 school year.
This program is optional for parents and students and will begin on June 14, 2021 and run through July 29, 2021 with one week off from July 5-9, 2021. The hours are 8:00 am till 3:15 pm Monday through Thursday. As it stands now, the location for the summer school will be held at all three local high schools, but administrators did say they planned to announce which elementary schools and middle schools will be open for the summer program by May 21.
The program will address the needs and learning gaps for students kindergarten through 12th grade.
Academic officer Jody McClenny announced that officials have already identified 1,551 stiudents who are at-risk in science, math, reading, and other core subjects. Continuing, Jody McClenny did say that students who are below standards and failing core subjects are the target group students which will be served, but the summer option is open to any student.
Administrators say Camp SHINE for (Serving Helping Investing Nurturing Engaging) hopes to greatly fill in the gaps for students who did not excel during virtual learning which was in-place for some during the 2020 and 2021 pandemic.
Around the same time as this announcement, board of education members and Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson announced $21 million in funds are being delivered to the Carteret County Schools via the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Stabilization (ESSERS) program to help with COVID-19 relief.
Ms. McClenny announced that 239 county employees have already been recruited to help with Camp SHINE, and that additional staffing and teachers will be identified based on enrollment.
To inquire more about the summer program, we encourage parents and other interested parties to contact the central office at (252) 728-4583 to get more information.
Using the discussion form below, we hope parents, students, teachers, and school administrators will tell us about direct and specific learning gaps which were created during the 2020 and 2021 years, and what you learned about virtual schooling as it relates to EC students and other students.
What other information about Camp SHINE is known which we did not address in this article? What more can you tell us about the ESSERS program?
In looking at a future event in which in-classroom learning is not allowed by executive or district order, what did we learn about virtual learning during the pandemic which can help us better address the academic needs of all students within Carteret County NC if an event like this become reality?
Lastly, as a parent myself with a child in the public system, I want to thank Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson, Academic Officer Jody McClenny, other administrators, the board of education, and certainly teachers who endured great hardships during the pandemic and who came together to make this summer program a reality for students locally.
What questions or insights do you have about this subject?