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Schools preparing customized Summer Ignite programs

Summer Ignite logo with lightbulb and flames Fayette County Public Schools will offer a program called Summer Ignite to supplement student learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and schools will share specific information with their students’ families in April. Each school has designed a Summer Ignite program to best serve its students. In Kentucky, this determination falls within the responsibility of the School-Based Decision Making Council.

Summer Ignite will run from 8 a.m. to noon for elementaries and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for middle and high schools:

  • Session 1 – June 8-25
  • Session 2 – July 6-23
  • Session 3 – July 26-30 for students entering kindergarten, sixth grade, and ninth grade

The SBDM Council at each school, led by the principal, determines what the program will look like and which students are invited to participate. Priority goes to:

  • Students whose achievement data shows the need for additional learning opportunities to prepare for the 2021-22 school year,
  • Students who need credit recovery, and
  • Students who might need a chance to extend learning through inquiry and project-based learning to enhance skills and content knowledge.

As a district, Fayette County Public Schools is supporting Summer Ignite by:

  • Providing materials and resources for schools,
  • Setting a shared schedule,
  • Creating a planning framework for schools,
  • Coordinating transportation for students,
  • Recruiting community partners for schools,
  • Serving breakfast and lunch to students, and
  • Investing federal stimulus funding to cover the cost of staffing, including coordinators at each location and increased pay to help attract staff for the program.

“We are excited for you to see and hear the innovative ideas our schools have developed to meet the needs of the children who will be served,” said Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm. “We are fortunate in Fayette County Public Schools to have such a wide variety of learning options available to help students reach their unlimited potential.”

(Posted April 5, 2021)

Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman
(859) 699-1441