Students in Marion County Public Schools will get to keep their school-issued Chromebooks during the summer break, according to MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser. Only those who graduated from Marion County High School will return their Chromebooks.
“Given our current circumstances, we think it’s very important that our students continue to have access to these devices as we work on possible summer learning opportunities,” Schlosser said. “The ‘Summer Slide’ is a very real problem in education even when we’re not facing a pandemic. This summer is especially important that we provide our students with the means necessary to continue learning.”
The “Summer Slide” is the tendency for students to lose academic gains during the summer months or when school is not in session for an extended period of time. In the past, MCPS has held its Summer Dream Academy -- a robust lineup of summer educational and experiential opportunities -- that would help combat the “Summer Slide”. That, of course, is being put on hold due to the COVID-19 situation.
However, the district is looking for ways to reimagine some of those summer camps or other educational opportunities in a virtual format.
Schlosser also added that the Chromebooks have become an invaluable communication tool for schools in the district.
“Our teachers and administrators are constantly posting information and seeking feedback via the Google classroom,” Schlosser said. “We want to make sure those types of lines of communication are still available during the summer. Knowing our students have their Chromebooks gives us more opportunity to continue to be creative and innovative in how we interact with our students.”