The Westerville City School District's 2020 summer school for students in grades 9 to 12 will be online.

The program, open to Westerville students and students from other districts, will be provided virtually using Apex digital content, according to Scott Ebbrecht, the district's director of alternative education and assessment.

With uncertainty as to when the district will be able to offer face-to-face instruction as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the district announced April 13 a plan to offer online courses so students and guardians could plan accordingly.

Ebbrecht said best practices for virtual instruction would be incorporated.

For example, he said, students would be required to attend virtual meetings with teachers on a prescribed basis, with lesson engagement and completion being monitored and frequently shared with parents or guardians.

Direct teacher assistance is to be provided to students through virtual means.

For registered students without a device or Wi-Fi, Ebbrecht said, the district's intent is to provide access to both so they can complete coursework.

Pending the school board's approval, the cost for students wishing to recover credit would decrease from $100 to $50 per credit.

Students interested in advancing their course credits over the summer by taking a new class in which they have not been enrolled may do so at a cost of $400 per credit.

Students from other districts also may register to advance their course credits at $470 per credit.

Registration may be completed through May 26 at tinyurl.com/WCSSummerHS2020.

For students in grades K to 8, recommendation letters were to be mailed the week of March 30.

Given the state's current situation, however, district officials have not determined the format to be used in providing this summer program.

"We expect to have a decision regarding the format of our K-8 summer intervention on or before May 8," Ebbrecht said. "This information will be communicated to all invited students and their families so they can then decide if the program is right for them."

Parents and guardians with questions regarding school personnel's recommendation for their child to attend summer intervention are encouraged to email their child's teacher, counselor or principal.

Greg Viebranz, the district's executive director of communications and technology, said the high school summer program has averaged 121 students for credit advancement and 156 for credit recovery over the past three years.

District officials said 116 students in grades 6 to 8 participated each of the past two years.

The K to 5 summer program has averaged 471 students over the past five years, Viebranz said.

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