Students from across the district attended this basketball clinic at McGavock High School.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Metropolitan Nashville students started the school year
earlier to accommodate a new program called Intersession. The program, three
days in October and five days in March, are built into the calendar to provide
more help to struggling students and enrichment to others. Attendance is
"They just kind of hung out and did what kids do," parent
Todd Albert said about what his kids did during that time. "[They] rode
bikes. We went fishing and did some stuff like that."
So far Intersession is not popular with students, with only 3,500 attending
each of the three days during its first run before fall break. That's less than
five percent of Metro's total student population.
Thursday, district leaders hosted a web chat to learn how to improve upon
the concept. Parents highlighted programs they loved, but also expressed concern
about the limited space available, that the programs were a half day, some were
not free and transportation was not provided.
"That definitely helps if there is lunch and transportation because by
me being a working parent, it would be harder to get them back and forth,"
parent Vickie Sparks said.
Metro said it considered Intersession a success because of the number
programs offered and feedback received from participating students. Difficulty
filling teaching positions and communication to parents are part of what
district leaders say needs to be improved.
"I didn't even hear about the Intersession," Albert added. "I
never saw anything come home."
Metro is encouraging parents to give feedback to their schools about
Intersession. Next week, district leaders will discuss what worked and what
didn't. The next Intersession is scheduled for March 18th through 22nd.