"And if they don't continue using a skill, they could lose it," says Christy Allgood, the Extended School Year coordinator for the Bartlesville Public School District . "So, they might have to spend a year regaining it.
"That's just too much loss."
The Extended School Year program - which focuses on special needs students - can guard against that regression.The program is made up of summer classes which run throughout much of June and July at two district sites - Central Middle School
and the Bartlesville Mid-High School
. Currently, around 35 students are enrolled in the ESY
program, which features students from kindergarten all the way up to age 21.
"We have three classes," notes Allgood
has been teaching self-contained special needs students at the high school for the past 16 years.She
has spent the last two years as the ESY
"We're off and rolling this summer," says Allgood
."Things have been going pretty smoothly."