Okolona Elementary School offers virtual summer school

One local elementary school is exploring a new route to reach its students. The school's principal says the intent is to help make sure students are learning what they need to keep advancing in their education.

Posted: Jun 25, 2020 7:09 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2020 9:18 AM

OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) -- One elementary school is holding summer school classes online this year to its K-5 students.

The empty halls and classrooms of Okolona Elementary School can give one the sense of a ghost town. It’s easy to imagine how school life used to be in those walls.

Now, school leaders have made the decision to have summer courses online.

“We do realize that our kids did miss a whole nine weeks of school, and so we wanted to offer the opportunity for our kids to still continue learning,” school principal Lealue Triplett said.

According to Triplett, the switch to online courses will be helpful.

“We’re trying to focus on the needs of the child to get them ready for the grades they are going in to,” Triplett said.

Triplett said this could be how things will be going forward.

“We realize that it is possibly going to be the new norm, so using this time for our students to get some practice in, for our teachers to get some practice in, and it’s very vital,” Triplett said.

She said she thinks the kids will catch on quickly, and will learn well in this new virtual environment.

“It’s different, but children love technology, and I think once students have the needed materials in order to conquer it, as long as the staff here stays positive, I think we’ll be successful with it,” Triplett said.

Triplett said this will be something entirely new for the kids, but she said it will bridge the gap in their learning since school let out this past March.

The summer school program starts July 6 and goes through July 30.

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