Some of Franklin County's youngest students may get a "jump start" on their reading educations in the coming year, thanks to the COVID-19 virus response.
The county board of education learned this week that about 1,100 eligible students in kindergarten through four grade -- and from all eight elementary schools -- will be offered a reading program conducted via remote learning, including a drive-through orientation program.
The program is to start on July 20 and run through Aug. 7, school officials said.
Dubbed Jump Start, the program will involved more than 100 school staff members, including more than 85 teachers, and preliminary work will begin on July 6 and 7 when teachers will make contact to invite eligible students to participate.
The teachers are being provided a script by district administrators to cover important topics and determine individual student needs.
Teachers in the program will attend orientation and training on July 8 and that will be followed by a drive through orientation July 15 to July 17.
At the orientation, resources and materials needed for instruction will be provided to families of students involved in the program and their will be device (computer) and hotspot distribution, if needed, school administrators said.
Once it's all set up, the instruction will include three-hour learning sessions for the 15 days of the program.
The student-teacher ratio will be 16-to-1, school officials said.
Teachers will handle assessments, ask students to read aloud, provide instruction in phonics for kindergarten through grade two students and stress fluency, comprehension and writing components during the sessions.
The Jump Start program will wind down on Aug. 7 and the new school year is to begin on Aug. 17.