ST PETERSBURG, Fla. — 8-year-old Nari Son is spending part of summer back on the computer in a virtual classroom.
“I like it. It’s fun," she said.
After online schooling became a way of life for kids in the last few months, many are doing again it for the summer.
“It was to keep her going. To keep things interesting," said Nari's mother Jessica.
For some it’s enrichment. For others a way to make sure they didn’t fall behind when schools had to close their doors.
“I think any learning is good learning. They are home. It’s all just run together as far as the time. It doesn’t feel any different," said Son.
In Pinellas County, they are changing things up after learning from what worked in the spring. That will include more live interaction with teachers.
“They are going to be able to see them. They are going to have more virtual tours. It’s going to be more interactive," said Son.
The Pasco School District is also giving students more face-to-face time and teachers will have fewer children in their classes.
“Students are in class for 3.5 hours of the day. Half of that being required virtual lessons through Zoom. So they meet with their teacher for comprehensive lessons. They meet with their teacher for a morning meeting to kick off their day," said Jennifer Niles with the Pasco School District.
School districts have targeted students that are most in need and they’ll get more individual attention even without being in a classroom.
Some districts are also offering grab-and-go backpacks will the books and lessons students can work on at home.
There are also virtual summer camps available. And for the older kids, credit recovery and ACT test prep all done online.