Summer school may take on different format

By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Mar. 18, 2020 7:44 pm

HANNIBAL | The hours that summer school will be in session this year could be a topic of discussion when the Hannibal Board of Education meets on Wednesday evening, March 18.

The meeting will convene at 6 p.m. in the district's administrative offices, located beneath Korf Gymnasium.

According to Assistant Superintendent Shawn Brown two options are up for consideration, going from 8 a.m. to noon, June 1 through June 19, and having it from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 1 through June 12.

“Both options would allow us to have students here for the same number of 60 hours,” Brown wrote in a memo to the school board in February.

Multiple summer school options are being considered because of the extensive renovation work that is planned this summer at the middle school.

“The middle school will be under a lot of heavy construction so it will be uninhabitable for us for summer school,” Brown told the school board at its February meeting. “That construction made us start to have discussions whether we want to take those three weeks or make them just into two weeks and go full days.”

The potential change has prompted debate, according to Brown.

“We have had some very robust discussions about those (options) with our high school administrators and middle school administrators,” he said, adding that sending a survey to district staff members to gauge their sentiments was being considered. “There is a lot to think about. There are pros and cons both ways.”

Potential drawbacks from the extended days could be seen at the high school where some students are enrolled in credit recovery or advanced PE.

“An all-day situation is a lot of time to be sitting behind a computer (in credit recovery) or if you are trying to keep kids active in a PE class for six hours,” Brown said.

The district's youngest students could also be negatively impacted by the longer days.

“Incoming kindergartners being there for six hours a day in their first foray into school could be a lot for them,” Brown said.





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