She said parents she knows are not aware of the invitation-only policy because the school system did not send a letter explaining the change. School officials said they did not explain the change in a letter because they didn’t want to confuse parents in case the program doesn’t fill up and they can invite more students.
Frazier learned of the new policy only when her granddaughter, a second-grader, received an invitation.
“Enrolling in Summer School is one of the best things you can do to help your child succeed,” the invitation said. “Students who do not participate in enriching summer programs lose ground over the summer.”
The warning galled Frazier. She knows both her grandchildren need summer lessons to keep from falling further behind, but she doesn’t know how to get that help for her grandson now that public summer school isn’t an option.
A private, academics-focused program at a nearby church would cost nearly $1,000 for the summer, more than she can afford. She figures that although she’s not a trained teacher, she might end up tutoring the boy at home.