October 20, 2021

Syltel Lovely

Singularly Lovely Education

Volusia schools summer programs aim to make up for COVID learning loss

With most students and staff gone home for summer vacation, the Volusia and Flagler school districts will begin offering enrichment program for its students who need the most academic help this week — one of many ways districts are trying to address learning loss from the coronavirus pandemic. 

There’s been a national emphasis on how to best utilize the summer to make up for missed instruction due to the pandemic, with millions in federal and state funding being funneled toward the issue. 

Volusia County officials are predicting more than 9,000 students will be participating in its summer courses this year, which are more robust than ever before. Specifically, the district is hoping to target students in its highest need schools with face-to-face learning opportunities.

“In a traditional summer, we worry about learning loss, but this summer we’re especially worried,” said Director of Transformation and School Improvement Carrie Crkvenac.  “We want to make sure we’re giving them that extended learning time and also the mental health supports we think will truly help them recover from COVID.”