Lamar Consolidated ISD plans to have virtual instruction for summer school programs beginning in July.

The decision comes after Gov. Greg Abbott ruled that schools should remain closed for the rest of the school year.

The district will also look to offer virtual programs for pre-kindergarten to kindergarten and first-graders, as well as one for special education.

The Pre-K/K English Learner summer program offers a program to address the needs of English learners. To be eligible, students must be eligible for admission to kindergarten or the first grade at the beginning of the upcoming school year and must be an English learner or have approved placement in the required bilingual or ESL program.

The program will take place on July 6-29 at no charge for qualified students.

There will be secondary summer school sessions for students in sixth-through-eighth grades who didn’t pass their core content course during the regular school year.

Eighth- through 12th-graders are eligible to take original credit courses, as well as those who need to recover credits in the core content courses.

There will not be courses for those who didn’t meet standards for the STAAR tests because the Texas Education Agency has waived those requirements for this year.

The first session of summer school would begin on Monday, June 29, and last to July 14. The second session would last from July 15 to July 30.

Original credit classes would cost $150 per session, while those looking for credit restoration would have no charge.

The special education program is for those students who are expected to regress over the summer.

The program will focus on reading and math based on teacher recommendations.

At this week’s board of trustees’ workshop, LCISD executive director of special education Tiffany Mathis said that the district is contacting students with special needs.

“We are reaching out to our families and students who have a difficult time with remote access,” she said. “We are in contact with those parents to get them to help us implement the student’s learning. We have weekly check-ins and working with them in any way possible.”

The special education extended school year services would have two sessions, with the first beginning July 6-17 and the second on July 20-31. There are no costs for either session.

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