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Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan

During his Feb. 9, 2021 press conference, Governor DeWine asked schools and districts to work with their communities to help students advance and make up for any learning that may have been lost or delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. He requested that schools and districts design plans to meet the needs of students that could include, but are not limited to, ending the school year later than scheduled, beginning the new year early or extending the school day. Summer programs, tutoring or remote options also could be considered. The governor asked schools and districts to provide their plans to the public and General Assembly no later than April 1. Our response to the governor's request is shared below.

Identifying Academic and Social Emotional Needs

Lorain City School District recognizes that all students and their families have been impacted by the pandemic unlike no other crisis during our lifetime. All of our students have been vulnerable during this unprecedented time. Also, we realize that students who encountered learning progress challenges prior to the pandemic faced challenges during the pandemic as well and that these challenges were likely exacerbated during the past year. Students and families in our district have been met with a wide range of non-academic barriers throughout this time. As a district, throughout the pandemic, we have invested time into personally connecting with and surveying our families to help us understand their needs so that we can serve through an equity lens. We will continue this personalized outreach as we continue to support our students’ learning pathways, social/emotional needs, and non-academic barriers.


The goal of our Summer Camp programming will be to attract as many students as possible through a comprehensive marketing program targeting students at every grade level. Our programming was designed to deliver face to face, hands-on opportunities that deeply engage our students. This approach is particularly important to our district as we seek to re-establish relationships and routines after a year in which our students spent the first semester of the year in a remote learning environment and the second semester of the year in a hybrid learning environment.   


As we continue to stay informed about the changing conditions of COVID-19, following the recommendations of the CDC and our local health department, we aspire to engage more of our community in our face to face learning/engagement opportunities.


We believe that all of our students would benefit from participating in our engaging summer learning opportunities, and as such we will provide all of our families the opportunity to participate. Additionally, our building leadership will encourage participation from some students based upon, but not limited to, the following data sources: 


  • Attendance rate (K-12)

  • NWEA MAP and iReady diagnostic scores (K-8)

  • Academic course achievement (9-12)

  • Recommendation of Administrator, Teacher, School Counselor, Social Worker, etc.  (K-12)

Approaches to Address Academic and Social Emotional Gap Filling

In Lorain City Schools, our “We Believe” Strategic Plan prioritizes Equity as a critical component of our plan moving forward.   We will implement this Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan through Summer Camp 2021, and this will continue to align our recovery efforts with our strategic plan.

Resources and Budget

Below are approximate numbers only. We will update our budget for Summer Camp 2021 to reflect the number of students participating this summer:


Instructional Salaries:

$230,000
Food Service:

$50,000
Transportation:

$100,000
Supplies/Field Trips:

$135,000









Partnerships

The Lorain City Schools Summer Camp 2021 benefits from its partnerships with the Lorain County ESC, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, the Lorain Public Library, the Lorain Historical Society, National Inventor's Hall of Fame - Camp Invention, Lorain County Metro Parks,  The Cleveland Browns, The Cleveland Cavaliers, and numerous organizations which will not only support our extended learning plan but help us navigate our district's future moving forward. As pandemic restrictions continue to decrease, we look forward to enhancing and expanding these partnerships.
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