Some changes, including earlier registration opening, are coming to Parkway School District’s summer school program for 2018.
Jennifer Stanfill, the district’s director of choice programs, told the Board of Education on Sept. 27 that, in 2017, 6,340 kindergarten through 12th grade district students participated in summer programming, including more than 140 total academic, credit recovery, enrichment and remediation courses – an increase of 670 students from 2016.
Online registration started in 2017 for kindergarten through eighth grade summer programming, she said, adding there was an elimination of summer school supply fees starting that year for students in those grades.
Among the changes planned for 2018 summer school are:
- Improving system capacity for the Parkway-Rockwood Community Education online registration system that manages summer registrations for Parkway students in grades kindergarten to eighth. Also, registration times for families will be staggered to reduce traffic on the system. On the day registration opened in 2017, the system couldn’t keep up with the traffic and went down for about 18 minutes.
- Opening summer school registration in February, to aid parents and help the district determine staffing levels needed earlier.
- Increasing virtual course options at the high school level.
- Streamlining parent communication processes regarding schedules, bus information, etc.
Superintendent Keith Marty said he was excited about the growth of the summer school programs and added that he wants to provide more opportunities.
“Learning shouldn’t stop in the summer,” Marty said.