USD 490 will again be holding its Summer Academy

USD 490 will again be holding its Summer Academy after the School Board approved the program at a special meeting last week.

“Essentially it is the same program,” said Superintendent Sue Givens.

They will again provide breakfast and lunch for students, as well as have transportation coordinated between the school district activities and other community youth programs in El Dorado.

For the classes they did add some cooperative programs.

“Our teachers keep coming up with the coolest ideas for courses,” Givens said.

Some this year include Mad Scientists and Digging for Dinosaurs.

She said there are a lot of classes for students in third through fifth grade where they have seen a lot of demand for summer school.

There also is a new high school course, Do You Want a Job, which teaches students the essentials for how to apply for and keep a job.

In addition, they will continue to offer the course completion and recovery courses for the middle school and high school students in a lab setting.

One big change this year was to drivers education. Instead of offering it during zero hour in April, the instructor is working to receive approval to offer the class virtually. This will keep parents from having to get their children to school at 7 a.m. for that class.

Because it is new, if a student doesn’t pass the virtual class, this year they can enroll in the live class during the summer at no additional cost. Of course, students will still have to have driving time as well.

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