Bourbon planning virtual, actual summer schools

    Now that the 2019-20 school year has officially ended, the Bourbon School District is looking toward summer school plans and will be offering two plans for students—a virtual summer school for high school students, and an in-seat summer school for all grade levels.

    The BHS virtual summer school will be held June 1-26 and will offer personal finance, taught by Terri Rowden, and health, taught by Danny Payne. Enrollment began on Monday, May 18.
    The in-seat summer school is scheduled to be held July 13 through August 7 with classes beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 2:55 p.m. A K-8 program is being developed by teachers who are collaborating via Google Docs and will concentrate on skills that were missed or need to be reviewed due to the spring closure. The high school will offer credit recovery, personal finance, and health.
    All teachers interested in taking part in the in-seat summer school will teach at least 10 days, with the exception of credit recovery. This could change, however, due to enrollment numbers.
    In-seat summer school enrollment will begin on June 8. Transportation to and from school will be provided with modified bus routes. The district will provide free breakfast and lunch to all students up to age 18 through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Summer Food Service Program.
    The district will not be using its Catapult Summer School Program, which provides incentives for students to attend summer sessions, this year. The current contract for the program has been changed for use next year.
    Superintendent Kyle Gibbs explained that, if summer school enrollment is low, the district could lose substantial money if it used the Catapult program this summer.
    “The gift cards with Catapult are a fabulous incentive for students and are proven to be an effective strategy to keep student enrollment up,” said Gibbs. “However, the county health department recommends that if a student or anyone in their family is sick, that the student stay home. We feel like the gift card requirements and the recommendations from the county are contradicting and would send a confusing message to our school families.”

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