DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The COVID-19 pandemic has been a heavy burden on school systems across the nation as they were forced to change up their learning methods. With the changes, some students fell behind in the classroom.
“We have a lot of ground to gain. We did take an ACAP test in the spring and that allowed us to see where we were and where we needed to grow and there are definitely some areas of concern state-wide and local specifically middle school and we’re concerned about the lower elementary,” said Brandy White, Houston County Schools superintendent.
White said the test showed math scores lower than reading scores, but both areas need to be addressed.
Although COVID-19 is still lingering around, school systems are trying to rebound and move past the pandemic. Therefore, Houston County Schools used its 18 million dollars of CARES Act money to bring in teachers to get students back on track to success.
“We may have some intervention specialists come in two or three days a week because like I said these are retired teachers or potential teachers,” He said.
White said it’s a sense of urgency right now, a lot of school days were missed the first nine weeks due to a spike in cases, and although students have been able to stay in the classroom so far for the second nine weeks, the holidays are quickly approaching.
He said the school can only do so much eight hours a day, so parents should spend time working with their children.
“That really helps a lot when the school and the community is on the same page and I been able to see that a lot,” White said.
Houston County Schools are offering after-school programs and they will hold another summer school program.