The independent school districts of Dallas and Fort Worth began summer vacations on Friday after their school years were extended by three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both districts said they were concerned about the “pandemic slide,” which left many students behind on the sudden change in distance learning caused by COVID-19.
Fort Worth ISD has open summer learning programs for all its students, regardless of grade. The district said it plans to catch students on any topic they feel they are struggling with.
More than 7,000 students had applied for the program last week, making it the largest personal summer school program for Fort Worth.
Meanwhile, the Dallas ISD takes a different approach. The school district allows schools to choose new calendar school years, which would add weeks for students who need it. The option would also mean that the next two school years start earlier and end later, making summer holidays a few weeks shorter.
The Dallas ISD also focused on the “Finish Strong” initiative to help high school students graduate on time. The program helped raise the completion rate from 66 percent in April to 90 percent on Friday.
ISD students in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington can expect to return to class on August 16th.