Melin said parents and students need to realize there are serious consequences for students who don’t attend.
He said if students don’t take the chance to improve their English and math skills during at least one of the intersessions, the district could hold them back or keep high school seniors from graduating.
Though seniors can qualify for a graduation waiver if they don’t pass end-of-course assessments in English 10 or algebra 1, they also have to take advantage of the help the district offers to qualify for them. Melin said with that, they could keep students from getting their diplomas if they don’t take the chance to help themselves at intersession.
“I think that this whole waiver process is something that’s driven by the school system and our schools,” Melin said. “We can’t grant a waiver to a student that has not earned the ability to earn that diploma. To me, as I talk to our principals, I expect them right now to make decisions that would either be a retention or even keep a student from graduating if they haven’t shown the skills that they need to be given that diploma.”
With the additional 20 hours of instruction at each intersession, Melin said he didn’t think there should be any reason a student should get held back or be kept from graduation if they attend.
Enrichment courses in basketball camps, engineering, photojournalism and theater were offered, but only 95 students attended them. Melin said getting the word out about those classes earlier will help in filling them up, but the focus still needs to remain on helping students who need to raise their scores.