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Masks will be optional

More than 3,000 Spring Branch ISD students are expected to return to school beginning June 7 for critically important summer school classes that will help reverse any learning loss that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Masks will be optional for students and staff during summer school, and social distancing guidelines will be followed where practical.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath told a legislative committee that recovery from COVID learning loss is “not a one or two-year project. This is going to be a four or a five-year project for us as a state.”

Spring Branch ISD, which increased pay for summer school teachers by 20 percent this year to help attract teachers for summer classes, offers a wide range of summer courses for students in all grades.

About 750 prekindergarten and kindergarten students who are English language learners will take part in the Special Language Academy programs, which will be held at five campuses – Wildcat Way, Shadow Oaks, Tiger Trail, Bear Boulevard and Edgewood schools. Pre-K and kindergarten students from all SBISD elementary schools are eligible to attend the Special Language Academy classes at those five schools, and the program is free for all students. The Special Language Academy classes will be held Monday-Thursday from June 7 to July 1. Parents can get more information here

“The potential for learning loss because of COVID-19 is especially acute among the youngest students,” Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Jennifer Blaine said. “Summer school will be critically important for these youngest students.”

The district expects about 1,200 students in grades 1-5 to attend summer school programs, which will be held at Buffalo Creek, Housman and Rummel Creek elementary schools every Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon, from June 7-June 30, free of charge to students. Breakfast (at 7:30 a.m.) and lunch will be offered to elementary students each day of summer school. The classes will be designed to assist elementary students in the mastery of the objectives required by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and will offer reading and math reteaching and accelerated learning. More information is available here

More than 500 middle school students from across Spring Branch ISD are expected to attend summer school classes at Spring Woods Middle School every Monday through Thursday, June 7-30, at no cost to the students. The middle school classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and students will be offered breakfast (at 7:30 a.m.) and lunch each day. Middle school courses offered during summer school include language arts, math, science, social studies and physical education. More information on the middle school summer program is here .

Another 270 students in 5th through 8th grades will be enrolled in the summer school Newcomer Language Institute. This program will provide newcomer students intensive English language development. Classes will be held 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June7 through June 30 at Spring Woods Middle School. The classes are free and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

SBISD expects about 400 high school students to attend summer school classes at Spring Woods High School. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 7 to July 8. The high school summer school program will include math, language arts, science, social studies, foreign language and elective classes. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. More information can be found here, including information about fees for the program.