By Faye Gaston
Preparation is being made by the Bullock County School System for the "catching up" by students in kindergarten through grade 12 due to the challenges of virtual/remote teaching and the loss of much in-person teaching during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Bullock County Superintendent Christopher Blair said the recovery involves physical, emotional, social, and academic categories. He emphasized the importance of students earning enough credits to graduate.
Supplemental money has been awarded to the school system for the "Road to Recovery" in re-opening the schools full-time this fall 2021.
The total allocation is $4,019,980 to be used for "high-quality instructional manuals, high-quality professional development, unfinished learning supports, and facilities."
At the May 13, 2021, meeting of the Board of Education, plans were voted on to transition back into the classroom full time this fall.
The Board approved the hiring of a "Community Engagement Representative" with the goal of increasing the school system's visibility in the community to develop support for the schools, engage networks and parents in improving student outcomes, and represent Bullock County Schools at community functions.
The state approved a 2% pay raise for state employees effective in October.
However, the Board approved an earlier date for raises for the Bullock County School System, beginning in August.
There will be free on-site Summer Schools for students.
The Summer Reading/Math Camp for 250 students in PreK through 4th grade will be held at the Union Springs Elementary School for those with deficiencies in basic foundational reading and math skills (June 7 - July 8).
A Freedom School will be held June 7-July 17 for 60 students in K - 2nd grade to teach students to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in the world around them.
South Highlands Middle School will be the site for students in 5th - 8th grades for Summer School in four categories:
"Credit Recovery" to earn credit or promotion by mastering content/standards in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English.
"Summer Enrichment" to foster reading comprehension skills.
"STEM Program" with hands-on activities that spotlight science and math activities.
"Learning Recovery" to reverse learning lost during school closure or remote learning in Math, Science, and English Language Arts.
Bullock County High School Students will have on-site summer school for "Credit Recovery" for grades 9th - 12th. "
Camp Academic Recovery" will be taught at the Bullock County High School and Bullock County Career Technology Center for 9th - 10 grades.
A "virtual/remote" STEAM Summer Camp will be held for 30 rising 3rd-5th grades ($10 fee) and for rising 8th-11th graders (free) for enrichment activities.