WCPS fight against 'summer slide' with iPad program

Parents can pick up iPads for the next four weeks

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The average student loses about one month of reading skills during summer break, according to Oxford Learning, something educators call the “summer slide.”
 
Washington County Public Schools are fighting back against the learning loss by encouraging Pre-K through 12th-grade students to participate in their Summer Learning Program.
 
All Washington County students and family are receiving full access to iPads, books, magazines and curriculum resources at all libraries for free.
 
iPads can be picked up at the school the child is attending during the 2017-2018 year for the next four weeks.
 
"When they register the device, it's populated with personal reading selection, [a] selection that actually matches their reading ability. So, the parents will know and be safe in understanding that the student will have an opportunity to read books on grade level for them or that push them,” said Michael Kunaneck, WCPS Supervisor of School Improvement.
 
With next school year’s delayed start date and a lack of snow days this winter, the summer break will last for approximately 14 weeks.
 
Tutorials for the iPad and portal link can be found here

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