Elementary School Summer Program Frequently Asked Questions
What is the KCS Elementary Summer Learning Camp?
The Elementary Summer Learning Camp is a 6-week program that will begin on June 1 and will run through July 9. This camp will include 7 hours of daily, in-person programming from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, including:
- 4 hours of reading, writing and math instruction
- 1 hour of intervention
- 1 hour of play
- 1 hour of S.T.R.E.A.M. instruction (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math.)
Who is eligible for this program?
Families of eligible students received a notification email on March 10, 2021.
Eligibility for this program is based on factors including:
- Individual student performance on state reading and math assessments
- Overall academic performance at specific schools
- Economic challenges facing families
My student gets good grades. Why are they eligible for this program?
Some students are eligible because they are struggling academically, but other students are eligible because of factors including the overall academic performance at their base school or economic challenges facing their family.
For example, students in Grades K-2 who attend a school where fewer than 50% of 3rd-5th graders were proficient in math or ELA are automatically eligible to attend the program.
Why is this program being offered?
In January, 2021, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted the Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act to support students whose learning was interrupted by COVID-19. As part of this initiative, Tennessee school districts are required to offer learning loss remediation programs for eligible students during the summer of 2021.
Is this program mandatory?
The Elementary Summer Learning Camp is optional, and students are not required to attend.
My student will be unavailable during a portion of the 6-week camp period. Are they still able to enroll?
Students will receive the greatest academic benefits by attending the full 6-week camp. However, students who will be unavailable for a limited number of days may still enroll in the program.
Will the Summer Learning Camp be held at my student’s school?
The district has identified 30 elementary schools to host summer programming. See a complete list of locations.
Will bus transportation be provided?
Yes, Knox County Schools will provide bus transportation for the Elementary Summer Learning Camp.
Will meals be provided?
Yes, free breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to all attendees.
Will my student have to wear a mask in order to participate?
According to Knox County Board of Education Policy C-240, the district's face covering policy will sunset on May 26, 2021. Face coverings are recommended but not required.
Will students get credit for this program?
We believe the Summer Learning Camp is an important tool to help students prepare for their next grade level. However, participation in this camp will not affect a student’s grades from the spring semester, and will not provide credit for classes in the fall semester.
How do I sign up?
Eligible families received an enrollment link via email on March 22, and the deadline to enroll was April 20. Families whose students are eligible to participate also received a notification via email on March 10.
Is this program available for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)?
During Summer Learning Camp, the full scope of Special Education services may not be available and programming will not be intended to address IEP goals. This is an optional program and students will not be assigned grades. The Department of Student Supports will work with staff to ensure that all students have the support needed in order to access programming.
What is the status of additional programming for students with IEPs?
Determinations regarding traditional Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) services will be made as they have been in the past by IEP teams. Our annual ESY program will move forward this year in person as it traditionally has.
In addition, determinations regarding COVID-19 recovery for students with IEPs will be made by IEP teams, and will be delivered in-person at our ESY site.
Will students with 504 plans receive supports?
Students with 504 plans who are eligible to attend Summer Learning Camp will be provided supports to access the curriculum.
Will English Language Learner (ELL) services be available?
During Summer Learning Camp the full scope of ELL services may not be available. This is an optional program and students will not be assigned grades. The Department of Student Supports will work with school staff to ensure that all students have the support needed in order to access programming.
What level of health services will be provided?
Each school site will have access to a nurse, but not all sites will have a full-time nurse onsite.