COVID Extension Services

DCSS Offers Online Learning Option for 2021-2022
Posted on 04/20/2021

The Douglas County School System will offer an online option for the 2021-2022 school year. COVID Extension Services will be available for students in grades 3-12 who attended school online during the 2020-2021 school year.

“While we believe that most children learn best in the classroom in front of a teacher, and while we are anxious to have all of our students back in our buildings five days a week, we know and respect that some parents would prefer their child to continue learning online next year due to COVID-19 concerns,” said Superintendent Trent North. “COVID Extension Services will provide an online option for those families. Our goal is to provide the best learning experience possible for all of our students.”

According to Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement Melanie Manley, the school system made the decision not to offer an online option for its youngest students. “Research confirms the importance of learning to read proficiently by 3rd grade,” said Manley. “We feel that it is imperative for students in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades to be in a classroom in front of a teacher to gain those crucial reading skills that will impact their future success in school.”

COVID Extension Services will operate for the 2021-2022 school year only. In addition to being enrolled in the online School-Based Digital Learning (SBDL) program for 2020-2021, students wanting sign up for COVID Extension Services must meet additional criteria, including attendance and grades.

Parents of students in grades 3-12 for 2021-2022 who are currently enrolled in SBDL received a letter with additional details for COVID Extension Services. Parents must register their child for this option by May 14.

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