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Wood County summer school moves online

PARKERSBURG — Wood County Schools will move to an online learning platform as part of the “Bridge, Connect, Communicate, Educate” summer school plan.

Christie Willis, director of curriculum and instruction for Wood County Schools, said the district typically provides Title I Summer School for students attending Title I Schools in grades K-5 and Early Literacy Camp for students in grades K-3.

“Both of these summer programs have historically provided students four weeks of three and a half hours of instruction,” she said. “Due to the instruction being provided virtually, we have extended the instruction through the summer for a total of eight weeks.”

Willis said the district’s Title I schools, which receive additional federal dollars for serving high-need and low-income areas, are using funds to have Title I instruction extended into the summer months for students participating online.

Willis said Title I Summer School, Title I Extended Year, and Early Literacy programs will begin June 8 and end July 31.

“The time will be flexible for the teachers to schedule online sessions with students,” she said.

Title I Summer School serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Title I Extended Year serves K-5 but also grades 6-8 at Van Devender Middle School.

Willis said more than 100 kindergarten through third-grade students already are registered to attend the Early Literacy Camp.

High School virtual summer school classes will begin on June 15 and will be in session virtually for a total of 28 days, Willis said.

“All three high schools are providing a virtual option,” she said. “Wood County Schools also has over 140 students enrolled in West Virginia Virtual School for PE/Health.”

Students needing internet access can connect at Wood County Schools hot spots on the guest account. The wifi can be accessed under guest username: student with the password: woodcountylearn. The network is only available from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Willis said Wood County Schools will be loaning iPads to the YMCA and the Parkersburg Boys & Girls Club for the summer.

Students in grades K-8 can continue i-Ready lessons through July 31 in both math and reading. To log-in to i-Ready on a computer, go to https://clever.com/ and click “Log in as a student,” then type “Wood County” and then choose your child’s school. The child’s student number will be their username and the password is “096.”

Discovery Education also is providing free access to students through July 31. To get started, students need to go to https://app.discoveryeducation.com/learn/signin using their student number as their username and “wood96” as the password.

For math learning videos, support for emotional health at home, and more resources, visit https://wcsinnovate.com/learnathome/.

Contact Michael Erb at merb@newsandsentinel.com.

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