Knox County Schools offers summer learning camps for qualifying students

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knox County Schools has announced it will be offering new learning camps this summer and parents are weighing in on the topic.

Some Knox County parents like the idea of summer classes to help overcome challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, while others feel their kids should be able to enjoy their entire summer break.

Back in January, the “Tennessee Learning Loss Remediation and Student Acceleration Act” passed in the Tennessee General Assembly. The bill requires schools to implement a program of after-school learning mini-camps, learning loss bridge camps, and summer learning camps to remediate student learning loss.

On March 8, Knox County Schools sent an email to thousands of Kindergarten through 7th grade parents letting them know that their student was eligible for the summer learning camps.

It was an invitation meant to give parents the option to choose whether or not they wanted their students to participate. But after a school year unlike any other, parents have conflicting views about whether or not they want to enroll their kids.

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