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District 65’s attempt to ramp up 2021 summer learning met with low enrollment

After a year of mostly remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Evanston/Skokie School District expanded 65 summer learning programs in 2021, but far fewer families chose to participate than officials expected.

The 2021 Summer Learning Report, included with meeting materials for the December 6 Curriculum and Policy Committee meeting, said 568 students were enrolled in Summer Learning, equivalent to only 54% of the 1,049 General Education Program seats. There were 323 students in the 533 available seats. for special education (61% filled).

The report noted that “some programs are also struggling to maintain an attendance rate of 80%”, particularly those that serve older students or that were scheduled to run for five to six weeks versus three weeks.

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