KRR summer program to be delivered via packets with little technology

An update on summer school programs was given at Monday’s USD 457 Board of Education meeting.

Monica Diaz, ESC Literacy and ELL coordinator, said the Kansas Reading Roadmap (KRR) summer school will look a bit different than the typical summer school, namely because it will not be done in person.

Five elementary schools are participating in the program, Diaz said. They are Getrude Walker, Victor Ornelas, Buffalo Jones, Florence Wilson and Abe Hubert.

It will run Monday through Friday from June 1-26 and will include subjects such as English Language Arts, STEAM, Family Engagement, Math and P.E.

The program will be less focused on technology and more on hands-on learning, Diaz said.

"Each five of the schools will have packets that they will be distributing during lunch pick-ups if that's approved," she said. "These packets will support weekly theme activities which include enrichment and academic activities. Again, focusing less on technology and more on hands-on manipulatives and engagement."

Diaz said the goal of KRR summer school is to provide an engaging and fun experience.

To do that, Diaz said they’re planning on giving families manipulatives such as books, board games, etc. to encourage academic development "embedded in hand-on, fun, learning experiences."

"They're encouraged to use what they can find in their home," she said. "We're encouraging them to talk to their families, do some storytelling, cook at home and talk through what you're doing while you're cooking — like measuring, following steps, reading directions."

Diaz said they also encourage going outside and doing some nature walks and to find some experiences through nature.

Migrant summer school was also discussed.

Diaz said they will also be utilizing learning packets for math and literacy-based activities including books, family engagement activities and resources.

It will run from June 1 through July 31.

Josh Guymon, ESC SPED director, also spoke about ESY summer school at the meeting. It is going to look significantly different due to COVID-19, Guymon said.

There are two options, Guymon said. Option one would be using Zoom or some type of virtual platform with packets going home, and option two would be a packet-only format.

As of last week, 124 families chose ESY option one and 51 families chose option two. Twenty-seven families opted out of ESY and 30 families were still undecided.