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Toledo Public Schools offering summer school to all students

Multiple locations will host a variety of classes, including arts programs, for students who may need extra help with their education.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo Public Schools is making sure your child doesn't lose knowledge over the summer by offering summer school for students in all grades.

The Summer Success: Extended Learning Opportunities program will look different than past years, but educational needs will still be met.

District officials say they're already expecting bigger enrollment numbers.

"It's going to be larger than we've ever had because we're offering it to all grade levels. In addition to focusing on reading and math, we're also going to focus on social and emotional learning. We're going to have some fine arts camps that will be available," said James Gault, Executive Transformational Leader of Curriculum.

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday starting June 7 and continuing through July 1. Sessions are divided by Pre-K and kindergarten, grades 1-8 and grades 9-12.

Locations will be available across the district. Transportation will be provided for eligible students. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Students will also be able to choose from some art and music classes but Gault says those details have not been finalized yet.

Similar to the past, he says there will be students who are recommended to attend summer school.

"Students that are recommended for summer school, because they have not done well, will get first priority. We're hopeful we will have enough staff to work summer school that we won't have to limit participation," Gault said.

Because more kids are expected, the district is urging parents to sign up sooner rather than later.

Gault says they will limit availability based on the number of staff who agree to do summer school.

"We will be solidifying rosters, locations and letting parents know around mid-May exactly where their child will be," he said.

Summer school for this year is free, thanks to pandemic relief.

All COVID-19 protocols will be in place. Students and staff will be required to wear a mask and practice social distance.

Parents and guardians are asked to complete a simple interest survey before registering any children.

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