By Ray King

The White Hall School District has received a grant and now has the ability to test students and employees for COVID-19.

White Hall School District Superintendent Doug Dorris was a guest on the Oldies 101.3 morning show Thursday and talked about the testing.

He was also asked how long a person has to stay out if they test positive.

The district is also instituting a new program this June for students who need additional support in academics for the next school year.

Called Bulldog Acceleration and Enrichment Summer Academy, the program will run from June 1 to June 30 with students attending class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Dorris explained the program this way.

There will be two phases of the program. The first, acceleration, will work to strengthen skills in areas of instructional gaps for students that test below grade level in math or reading or have received a D or below in a core content area. The second phase, enrichment, will work with students that have completed the school year but need additional support to be successful in the next level of instruction.

Dorris said 12 teachers will be needed for the elementary program and 4.5 teachers each for the middle school and high school part of the program.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at each location and transportation will be available at established bus stops.

For more information on the program, contact the White Hall School District.