AN ACT TO ESTABLISH SCHOOL EXTENSION LEARNING RECOVERY AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS IN EACH LOCAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19 ON AT-RISK STUDENTS.
Mandates local school administrative units to offer a six-week school extension learning recovery and enrichment program (program) outside of the instructional calendar, following the 2020-21 school year, within funds available to the units, including federal Coronavirus relief funds. Describes the program's purpose. Directs participant prioritization based on at-risk identification, with participation open to others within space available. Details program planning and requirements. Requires units to submit a program plan to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) within 30 days prior to the final instructional day of the 2020-21 school year; requires DPI approval or notification of needed changes within 21 days of receipt. Encourages charter schools to also submit program plans as appropriate. Identifies eight components program plans must contain, including (1) instruction for at least five hours a day, five days per week for six weeks; (2) lunch service; (3) a physical activity period during each instructional day; (4) grade level course offerings, as specified for K-3 students, grade 4-8 students, and high school students; (5) transportation service; (6) voluntary participation by at-risk students, with participating K students exempt from retention for the 2021-22 school year, and required reassessment of promotion eligibility for others at risk of retention for the 2021-22 school year; (7) opportunity for other students to participate within the space available; and (8) outreach to increase program participation.
Requires local boards of education to employ teachers and school personnel as contracted temporary employees for the duration of the program. Specifies the effect of this temporary employment with regards to the Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System. Excludes the program from class size requirements for grades K-3.
Authorizes units to use funds allocated for reading camps for 2021-22 to support the program. Effective July 1, 2021.
Requires DPI to report to the specified NCGA committee by October 15, 2021, on program implementation, and include copies of program plans submitted to DPI, along with any other useful data for evaluation of the program.
Enacts GS 115C-174.23 to direct the State Board of Education to provide for and require units to implement innovative benchmark assessments, as described, in certain grades and core subject areas to allow teachers to more frequently measure student learning and address student learning loss throughout the school year. Applies beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
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