Four-day work week increases summer school student attendance
Going to summer school is a chore by any definition, but cutting the work week down to four days improved attendance and performance, summer school Administrator Miki Trujillo told Douglas County School Board members on Tuesday.
Adding an hour the time school day, Trujillo said, increased the total time in school by 30 minutes a week and still gave students a three-day weekend.
Summer school helps students who are having trouble, allows them to make up credits and allows seniors who haven’t passed the high school proficiency exam to graduate.
Registrar Anita Ovard said eight seniors didn’t graduate because they couldn’t pass the proficiency test. Thanks to summer school, five were able to pass the test and get their diploma.
Students are invited to attend summer school, either by a counselor, as part of an improvement program or if they’ve failed the proficiency exam.
Trujillo said parents may also sign their children up for summer school.
Fewer invitations went out this year to Douglas High School students, with 108 out of 125 invited attending summer school.
Trujillo pointed out that’s fewer than the 152 students invited to summer school last year, but that the number of students who actually attended were up four from 104.
Whittell had one more student show up for summer school this year than the 15 who were invited, increasing attendance to more than 100 percent.
That’s a big jump for the Tahoe school which had 22 students invited in 2012, and only 10 show up. Summer school is held at Douglas High School.
The percentage of middle school students attending summer school was much lower than the high school.
Of the 224 Carson Valley Middle School students who were asked to attend summer school, only 62 did. That’s a higher number than last year. Of the 139 Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School students invited, only 39 attended, far fewer than last year’s turnout of 65 students. The students who did attend earned 158.5 credits compared to last year’s 116.
Trujillo said she thinks that’s directly related to increased attendance, which she attributed to the shorter week.
She recommended improved recruitment of seniors who need to pass to graduate. She also suggested an all-school meeting to let students know what was expected of them.
Douglas High School will be under construction next summer, so Trujillo suggested finding a new location soon.