TUCSON (KVOA) – It's safe to say that COVID-19 has created quite a few education gaps. And, one local school district recently announced a plan to help fix those.
Amphitheater Public Schools announced a new program called "RISE" (Recovery, Intervention, Support, Enrichment). The program's goal is to help those students who are falling behind due to COVID-19.
The program will be available to high schoolers starting in March and will allow students to attend free classes on Wednesdays and Saturdays to not only recover those first semester credits but also ensure they'll pass classes at the same time. Priority will be given to high school seniors.
For those elementary and middle schoolers, the district will have a free program this summer called "Amp Up". This will help students move forward. Amphi hopes these programs will also make students fall in love with school again.
“The Amphitheater District has been putting children first for 128 years, finding innovative ways to meet students’ needs through decades of challenges,” Superintendent Todd A. Jaeger said. “This commitment remains, and our new programs represent proactive, concrete steps we are taking to ensure that today’s students have what they need to move forward and achieve their goals.”
Free meals and transportation will be provided to those students who participate in RISE.
Amphitheater Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in southern Arizona.