Updated at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 28
This summer, working parents will have another option besides daycare when it comes to their elementary-age children.
Board of Education members signed off on a proposal to launch the , a K-5 program that offers both remediation for struggling students and enrichment for high achievers, at a cost of $99 per week per student.
On Tuesday, the district announced that registration for the program is from March 1 to 15.
Part of the district’s efforts to increase rigor and boost student achievement, the program will be offered in two sessions, each lasting four weeks. Sessions are scheduled for June 18 to July 13 and July 16 to Aug. 10.
The instructional day will last from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with hands-on math instruction during the morning session (8:15 to 11:30 a.m.) and fun, hands-on instruction in areas like science, Readers Theatre, book talks and motor skills during an afternoon session (12:30 to 3:30 p.m.). Parents may sign their child up for one ($198 for 4 weeks) or both ($396 for 4 weeks) sessions.
While breakfast and lunch will be provided, parents will have to shell out an additional fee for transportation. The cost is $25 for one-way transportation or $50 for busing to and from the program.
The , the Bolingbrook Park District and the McGee PTO’s Shamrock Club will provide before-and-after school care for an additional charge. Busing is not provided for students who participate in before-and-after school care.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum (K-5) Venus Smith said the district’s target is to reach 1,200 to 1,300 students with the program.
Based on the number of pre-registered students, which totals around 750, the program is scheduled to be offered at the following campuses:
Smith estimated 38 teachers will be needed to implement the program. Other costs include administrative staff salaries, nurses, secretarial staff, curriculum costs and lunchroom/playground aides.
Registration forms and more information are available through the Summer Learning Experience website at http://summerfun.vvsd.org or by stopping in at the VVSD Administration Center, 755 Dalhart Dr., Romeoville.
Parents who pre-registered their students in must formally register now. The registration period runs through March 15.
Anyone with questions is invited to call the Summer Learning Experience Voice Mail Hotline at 815-886-2277. Dial extension 800 if you are English speaking or extension 801 if you wish to leave your question in Spanish.
Extended School Year
A summer school program aimed at preventing regression in special education students is also set to launch this year.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum (6-12) Rachel Kinder said the Extended School Year program will be available to students of all grade levels.
Funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the program’s estimated cost is $188,865.
Kinder said the Extended School Year program will be offered at the , and . Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from June 18 to July 16.
The district will spend $369,000 to replace 50-year-old lockers in both the corridors and the gym at .
Lyons Workspace Programs will provide and install 2,000 corridor lockers, plus 241 boys gym lockers and 280 girls gym lockers.
Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services Gary Grizaffi said the new lockers will replace lockers that are original to the building.
“They’re over 50 years, and if you’ve been in the building , they’re very narrow,” he said, adding the roughly six-inch-wide lockers make it tough for students to stow items like coats and bookbags.
The installation will finish what was started last year at RHS, when more than 600 new lockers were purchased for the senior hallway.