APS Support Squad For Student Success

APS Support Squad For Student Success
Posted on 02/22/2022
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To help combat students falling behind in school, caused in large part to the shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, a school district is offering an extended-hours hotline to help the students who need it.

Christine Green is a third-grade teacher at Ritzman Community Learning Center and said she loves her job.

“To teach children and when they finally get it, because they come not knowing stuff, and when they know it and the excitement that they get because they know it, that is just so rewarding,” she said.

In her 34-year career, she said she has not experienced anything like the emergence of COVID-19 and the shift from in-person learning to online.

“I tell people virtual learning for these kids who were isecond grade was not kind to them. They came to third grade two years below grade level, a lot of them,” she said.

The Ohio Department of Education reported in the 2020-21 school year, the decrease in the rate of fall third-grade proficiency generally was more marked among students learning in districts using a fully-remote education delivery model.

Akron Public School decided to launch the APS Plus tutoring hotline during that school year.

“We continued the work over the summer, two nights a week,” she said. “Students could call in because there were some summer programs where some students at like the high school level needed credit recovery so they could graduate. They would call in and get help so they could graduate.”
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