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To Mitigate COVID-19 Slide, Miami-Dade Schools Target 65,000 Students for Summer Programs

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From left, Asia Dorsett, 12, Shamiyah Brown, 12, and Summer Miller, 12, all seventh graders at Charles R. Drew K-8 Center, study after school at Miller’s home in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood on February 9, 2021.

Nationwide because of COVID-19, millions of students have fallen behind academically during an unprecedented year that pulled them from their everyday school routine.

To remedy that in Miami-Dade County, the school district is launching Summer 305: A smorgasbord of summer programs and camps, both physical and virtual, free of charge for students in Pre-K through 12th grade. The goal is to mitigate learning loss and accelerate learning recovery.

In past years, about 5,000 to 6,000 students would participate in the district’s summer learning programs, said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. This year, the district is targeting 65,000 students, or a quarter of its enrollment in traditional public schools.

Read more at our news partner, The Miami Herald.