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Summer Classes Can Help Reverse COVID Learning Loss

Spring Branch ISD is raising summer school teacher pay by 20 percent to help attract more of its teachers for summer duty as educators nationwide voice concerns about learning loss due to COVID-19.

The Spring Branch ISD school board approved a pay increase for summer school teachers from $25 to $30 an hour, the highest rate the district has ever paid. School nurses and librarians will get the same pay increase. Lead teacher hourly pay will increase from $30 to $35.

Elementary and middle school summer programs run from June 7 through June 30, Monday through Thursday.  High school summer programs are scheduled from June 7 through July 8.

“Summer school opportunities for students are important every year, but never more important than this year when students around the country have suffered learning loss during COVID-19,” Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Jennifer Blaine said. “We want to give every student every opportunity to learn this summer, and to do that, we need great teachers in the classroom. We believe this significant increase in pay will help us to recruit the teachers we need for summer school.” 

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath told the Texas State Senate Committee on Education recently that recovering from the COVID impact on learning could take four to five years.

With strong health and safety protocols in place, Spring Branch ISD operated schools with in-person and virtual classes throughout the 2020-21 school year without having to close any schools because of COVID-19. In SBISD, 81 percent of students currently are attending classes in person and 19 percent are using distance learning.