TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Teachers and students spent a year having to adjust to safety protocols while trying to maintain a quality learning environment.
Local schools in our area acknowledge the lack of education retention caused by the pandemic. Vigo County School Corporation Director of Communications Bill Riley said they’re putting the effort in place to reverse the damage.
“It feels like we’re back to focusing on learning rather than trying to keep up with new protocols,” Riley said.
The school corporation is adding four Data Coaches to its staff to help with the recovery effort.
“They are going to identify students that may need extra support,” Riley said. “They’re going to find the things that those students may be missing.”
Data Coaches have already begun the process of identifying students who need extra help. These coaches scan iLearn test score data to identify students.
Federal funding allowed VCSC to add a robust summer school program for high school students. Riley says that they’ve never been able to offer a program like this before.
“We were able to offer a month and a half of summer school,” Riley stated. “Students could recover credits that they maybe didn’t earn as a result of the pandemic.”
Paris 95 schools have added a program called, ‘Smart Start’. Selected students will start school a week before the official start date to get accustomed to the learning environment.
Paris 95 Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Larson says that this program less about achievement and more about building routines.
“When a young child gets into a routine, it helps them to start that learning process as soon as they come in on that first day of school,” Larson said.
Similarly to VCSC, Paris 95 is committed to adding extra staff and resources to help with recovery skills.
“We will have additional staff on hand during the school day to work with kids on different recovery skills,” Larson said.
Both Paris 95 and VCSC will begin school on August 16th.