San Francisco Cancels Summer School Again

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – For a second year in a row, summer classes will be offered only to students who are lagging behind academically or need credits to graduate, school district officials announced Thursday.

The city will offer some substitute academic programs to fill the void, while park officials ramp up 67 summer programs to fill the idle hours after the last bell rings on May 27.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“We have a really fun one that I actually participated in last summer called Bite Me where kids actually go out on a boat and learn how to shark fish,” said Phil Ginsburg, director of the Recreation and Parks Department.

There’s also Action X Camp for kids into alternative action sports, as well as skateboarding, BMX biking and surfing, Ginsburg said.

Registration for the summer programs begins March 19.

Maria Su, director of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Children, Family and Youth, said the biggest concern was the so-called summer learning loss.

She said the city was organizing workshop for children to have fun doing activities that relate to what they will tackle academically in the fall, such as the summer reading program hosted by the San Francisco Public Library.

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