By CRISTINA JANNEY
Hays USD 489 used federal COVID relief funds to pay for summer school this year and hopes to continue the service next summer.
School officials hoped summer school would give students who fell behind during the pandemic opportunities to strengthen their skills.
Assistant Superintendent Shanna Dinkel gave a report to the school board on Monday on summer learning.
One-hundred-five elementary students were enrolled in the district's summer program. Ninety-four students focused on reading, and 11 students focused on math.
Eighty-four students attended the middle school summer school, which had not been offered in many years, Dinkel said. These students also focused on math and reading.
Seventy-three students began the high school summer school program. Sixty students were still enrolled as of June 30. Forty-six courses were completed by those students as of June 30. Seven out-of-district courses were also completed.
All summer school fees were waived, and transportation was provided for children in the elementary through high school programs.
In addition, United Way funds supported an Early Childhood Connections social group for pre-kindergarten students. Fifteen children participated in that group.
The district also offered summer programming for students in its migrant program. Twenty-three students from 11 families in grades pre-kindergarten through high school participated.
The students participated in outdoor, STEM and literacy projects.