Hannibal News

Hannibal summer school registration deadline extended

By DANNY HENLEY
Special to The Herald-Whig
dhenley@courierpost.com
Posted: Jun. 27, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 27, 2020 11:52 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. — With enrollment for its Jump Start Summer School expected to be down, the Hannibal School District has announced it is continuing to accept registrations.

"They are welcome to jump on our website and grab an application to send it to the (school district's) board office," said Assistant Superintendent Shawn Brown.

The Jump Start Summer School will take place from Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 31. Classes will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m Monday through Friday. A free breakfast and lunch will be served to all students daily.

During the June meeting of the Hannibal Board of Education, Brown reported that enrollment for the summer session was down about 200 youngsters from the previous year.

Brown is not surprised by the projected drop in enrollment.

"Without providing transportation we assumed our numbers would be lower," he said. "Plus, parents may be cautious of sending students with the COVID situation."

According to information sent out by the school district, in order to comply with the current safety protocols, bus transportation will only be provided for students who qualify for an extended school year and students who have transportation services in their individualized education plans. Bus transportation will not be provided during summer school for general education students.

Preliminary enrollment numbers also have prompted the school district to rethink which elementary buildings will be utilized.

"We didn't have enough students register to open all five elementary buildings," Brown said.

Incoming kindergarten students and students in grades K-2 during the 2019-20 school year will attend summer school at Mark Twain Elementary School. Students in grades 3-5 during the 2019-20 school year will go to summer school at Eugene Field Elementary School.

Brown said Mark Twain and Eugene Field were selected because they are "centrally located and provide ample locations for walkers since we will not be providing transportation for general education students."

Due to ongoing construction at the middle school, students in grades 6-8 and all incoming freshmen and students in grades 9-11 who are taking the summer wellness class, will attend summer school at Hannibal High School.

Students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will spend their summer school class time working on reading and math standards that were not covered during the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 closure.

"We are calling it a 'Jump Start' as we hope to be able to utilize these two weeks to have students cover curricular standards that were missed during the COVID closure," Brown said. "However, our teachers will also be embedding these missed standards into their instruction for the 2020-21 school year. So parents shouldn't be concerned if their students do not attend the summer session."