Below is information regarding extended learning opportunities through the spring and summer in Painesville City Schools. If you are interested, or if you have any questions, please submit your information through the link below, and a district representative will contact you.
“This once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has impacted all of us, so it should be no surprise that it has impacted our children. But we should not panic, nor should we be surprised by the results of assessments. Instead, we should do what Ohioans have always done when facing a challenge – stay calm, roll up our sleeves, and work to solve the problem.”
Governor Mike DeWine, 2/9/21
The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously resulted in a historic disruption to education. Students, teachers, and families were suddenly thrust into new modes of teaching and learning which itself involved a significant learning curve. For many students, school disengagement became a secondary pandemic. The fear is that a substantial portion of students did not learn the same amount of content in 2020-21 as they normally would have in a typical school year, putting them behind moving forward. Further, there is fear that students who already demonstrated gaps in their learning will see these gaps exacerbated.
Recognizing these fears, the state of Ohio has responded by calling upon school districts to develop plans to extend learning opportunities beyond the school year in an effort to stem as much of this potential learning loss as possible. Because districts across the state vary widely in the populations they serve and the resources available to them, it is acknowledged that the specifics of these plans will look different from district to district. District extended learning plans are to be submitted to the General Assembly by April 1.
Achievement data in Painesville City Schools through the winter reveals that, in many ways, student performance this year is similar to that of last year. This is encouraging, indicating that learning loss overall may not be nearly as dramatic as feared. However, student data this year has also revealed very concerning attendance rates and high rates of missing assignments. This means that many of our students did not sufficiently access opportunities for learning, putting them at risk for not entering the next school year prepared for the grade-level curriculum. This, coupled with a reduction of days of direct instruction this school year, requires that a majority of our students access learning opportunities beyond the regular school year in order to be prepared for next year.
The Painesville City Schools Extended Learning Plan includes learning opportunities at all grade levels. While particular students will be targeted and directly contacted for participation in some of these programs, others are available to any student at the given grade levels who has a need for learning recovery. In what follows, a description of the identification of targeted students, the activities included in the program, intended outcomes, and sources of funding are outlined for each program component of the plan.