Learning loss recovery is the goal
CRCSD is putting to good use the funds Congress set aside for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER Fund). The funds are awarded to each state for the purpose of providing emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the Nation.
“Our goal is to use these funds to help close the learning gaps heightened by the pandemic and accelerate learning,” said Nicole Kooiker, deputy superintendent. “We measure the gap data based on MAP, iReady and FAST testing, and course completion for high school students.”
Kooiker says that “summer enrichment programming is just one of the methods Cedar Rapids Community Schools will be using to address student learning loss and acceleration with the use of the ESSER funds through September 30th of 2022.” CRCSD has an existing summer program called Kids on Course University that will be strengthened further by the additional funding and expanded to serve more middle school students than CRCSD has been able to serve in the past. This summer, Kids on Course will provide targeted tutoring to recover learning loss at Cleveland, Harrison, Van Buren, Johnson Steam Academy, Franklin, and Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy locations. The program begins with students in elementary schools and continues in middle school.
For students who receive special education supports and services, there will be multiple options this summer. There will be a six-week summer school for students who receive a large amount of support/services in the special education setting. Additionally, there will be special education support for the elementary Kids on Course University program, middle school summer program, and high school credit recovery. For additional information, please contact your child’s special education roster teacher.
High schools will be offering several options for credit recovery courses and new credit courses with both in-person and online access. Credit recovery programs will run at each high school from June 9 through June 30 with two sessions per day for in-person learning support at 9am-11am and 12pm-2pm. Students can select from a variety of credit recovery courses offered in English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education. Courses for new credit will be offered for Government, Economics, Earth Science, and Physical Education. Students should contact their school counselor to sign up for courses.
High schools will also be offering student orientation days in August for all grades. Students will be able to tour their high school buildings, meet staff, review course schedules, and learn about activities and clubs. More information about dates and times will be sent to students and families this summer.
For middle school students who have been learning in the remote environment this year, CRCSD will be offering an orientation for each grade level at all six middle schools. The grade level academies will be run for all grades between August 2-13. The purpose of the programming is to create a sense of belonging and smooth transition into school next year for targeted students. For additional information or sign-up, please reach out to your home middle school main office.