Loveland City School District received federal pandemic relief funds to help our students recover any learning lost due to disruptions to the school year caused by the pandemic. You may have heard of ESSER funds or Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds. This is money that flows from the federal government to the Ohio Board of Education, and then to Loveland City Schools and other districts, with specific limits on what the money can be used for.
As part of our Extended Learning Plan, required by the Ohio Department of Education, we put together a Summer Extended Learning Program that took place in July and August 2021 and will continue for the next few years. This additional educational opportunity should help our students close any academic gaps.
Beginning July 22, we offered a 10-day learning opportunity for students in kindergarten through 8th grade, with K-4 at Loveland Early Childhood Center (LECC) and grades 5-8 at Loveland Intermediate School (LIS).
Here is who we served: 238 students in grades K-4 126 students in grades 5-8 For a total of 364 students who attended.
The goal was to add additional support to any family interest in an academic boost or to revisit the key standards from the year with a focus on English Language Arts (ELA) including reading and writing, and math standards. Instruction included Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities, along with Art, Music, Recess, and both local and in-house field trips.
Breakfast, lunch, and busing were provided and there was no charge to any of the families involved.
Some parent reviews: “My kiddo had fun and learned!! It was a home run for us!!” “My daughter loved it. Thank you for all your hard work and for all the staff that worked with the kids.” “It was definitely a positive experience. My daughter is a little sad that today was the last day of Summer Learning.” “My son had a great time and we thank you for the opportunity for him. It was wonderfully organized! “
In an effort to monitor the progress of our students who attended the Summer Extended Learning Program, we will review student growth results from the fall Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments to determine if students who attended the program are demonstrating academic gains. We will also be collaborating with other districts to refine the program for the summer of 2022.