VASD Summer School 2018 file art

From left, Eleanor Steger, a fourth-grader at Sugar Creek Elementary, and Reese Manning, a fifth-grader at Country View Elementary, paint the scenes in their aquarium jars during a summer school session in 2018. The district will hold all summer school classes online this year because of COVID-19 concerns but is considering a two-week in-person session for later this summer.

Students could be back in school buildings sooner than fall under a plan from the district to hold a shortened session of summer school.

While summer school is currently underway virtually, superintendent Dean Gorrell announced to the board that staff are considering a two-week session in-person to help get students up to speed. The district added a third three-week session added to help bridge the gap of a longer summer and virtual learning since March 19.

No decisions have been made yet on whether to hold it, but Gorrell said staff were considering a timeframe of the last week of July into the first week of August after the county moved into Phase 2 of its Forward Dane reopening plan on June 15. Phase 2 allows K-12 instruction to be held, with restrictions.

The tentative place where any in-person sessions would be held is Savanna Oaks Middle School, where the district was already planning to hold high school summer school classes, Gorrell said. Holding all in-person sessions there would also help staff understand how it might be possible to bring students back on a larger scale in the fall, he added.

“It’s essentially a dry run on transportation, a dry run on kids moving throughout the building,” Gorrell said.

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