Due to the pandemic, there was a significant decrease in the number of students enrolled in the Kamloops-Thompson school district’s summer learning program this year.
A total of 302 students took part — 275 elementary kids and 27 secondary participants. Last year, 558 students took summer classes, while enrolment was in the 400s each year going back to 2013.
According to a report from assistant superintendent Bill Hamblett, the summer learning program is designed to improve the foundational skills of elementary students in numeracy and literacy, while the aim of the secondary program is to help students avoid carrying an unfinished course into the next school year .
Elementary programs in reading and mathematics, secondary programs and distance learning classes offered in July, with the summer learning principal being Paul Hembling.
Hamblett’s report noted that, in addition to the pandemic, other factor in the lower enrolment included elementary instruction in the spring and fewer secondary course failures.
The elementary level summer reading program was open to students in grades 1 to 3 who were recommended by their classroom teacher. The programs were located at Raft River, Barriere, Rayleigh, Logan Lake, Parkcrest/George Hilliard and South Sa-Hali elementary schools. A total of 185 students participated, supported by 18 teachers.
For the two in-town schools — Parkcrest/George Hilliard and South Sa-Hali — visits by
the Bright Red Book Bus were co-ordinated with student morning breaks.
The summer math program was for students in grades 4 to 7 seeking to improve their math
skills It was held at the same schools that hosted the summer reading program. Ninety students participated, supported by nine teachers.
Both the math and reading programs were 42 hours of instruction in length, while seven certified educational assistants were hired.
The secondary program includes grades 8 to 11 math, science, English and social studies courses and a grade 12 English course, all taught at South Sa-Hali secondary. Remedial courses were 41 hours in length and full courses were 82 hours in length. Three teachers were part of the secondary program.