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Many Caddo Parish students in summer school due to lingering effects of pandemic

Teachers are working to help students this summer through a program called Accelerate Caddo.
Teachers are working to help students this summer through a program called Accelerate Caddo.(KSLA)
Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 11:52 AM CDT
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CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Caddo Parish Public Schools is seeing an uptick in summer school attendance this year.

Some students are a bit behind due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, teachers are having to accommodate. One way they’re doing that is through a program called Accelerate Caddo.

Chief Academic Officer Keith Burton said with more students needing help this summer, they launched Accelerate Caddo. The program is in session right now with about 1,000 students, and for the month July, 500 kids are already signed up.

Burton says this is more than a traditional summer school setting.

“This program truly is for all student’s, pre-k going into ninth grade, and that is really what differentiates this summer from all other grades,” he said.

Second-grade teacher Vanity Thomas said teachers took extensive training to prepare the program.

“Our kids came into school with deficits in decoding, blending, and phonics,” she said.

Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Combs is optimistic students will be ready for school in the fall.

“We’re putting teachers ahead of the game, therefore we’re already serving our babies better just in the knowledge that we’re gaining alone,” she said.

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