Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials have announced the district intends to hold summer school and credit recovery classes in the coming weeks.

Last week, Superintendent Ben Drati said the district has no intention of beginning school any sooner than the previously approved calendar date of Thursday, Aug. 20 because SMMUSD leaders are still discussing what is best for the health and safety of students and staff.

There are “several potential scenarios” in the works, according to Drati, but the district has decided it will offer summer classes online to a number of elementary-, middle- and high school-aged students who are in need of extra assistance.

“All summer programs are based on educational need,” Drati said before detailing the programs that will be available to students after June 10 — the last day of school.

High school students

“Credit Recovery summer school will be delivered in an online approach similar to our distance learning instructional program,” Drati said, sharing that students have already been identified for this program and should have been contacted by a teacher or counselor.

“We are partnering with Santa Monica College to provide students with the opportunity to enroll in online courses that meet the learning outcomes outlined by the standards set out by the California Department of Education for the respective content area (and) course,” he said.

Students at Samohi and Malibu High School previously received detailed instructions regarding qualifying courses and registration, so families should contact a school counselor for more information.

Parents at last week’s board meeting spoke during the public comment period to share how they encountered a number of courses that were already full before local high-schoolers were allowed to sign up for the summer courses.

Drati said the district is aware of the challenges and asked parents to be patient, and work with their school and the instructions they provided to register students.

“SMC has worked diligently to accommodate all SMMUSD students who are interested in a summer course,” he said. “They have added sections due to higher demand, but may still not be able to accommodate every student.”

Drati added it’s important to keep in mind that the classes are college-level, so they will be more rigorous and the grades will appear on a student’s transcript.

Elementary and Middle School

SMMUSD also intends to offer Intensive Intervention Summer School and Summer Language Academy (SLA) for English Learners at the elementary level, and Intensive Intervention Summer School and Summer Accelerated Math Support for students who will benefit from additional support at the middle school level, Drati said, stressing that both programs will be delivered online like the high school summer program.

SMMUSD officials said families can visit for more information on summer classes, distance learning and vital resources offered by the district.

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