Schools launch academic helpline for after-hours learning

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Hoke County students in middle and high school, including students in exceptional children’s programs, can get extra academic help after school hours through a new service that starts October 5.

Elementary school students will also be able to access after-school help through a separate extended learning program that will start October 13.

Hoke County Schools is launching the after-school academic HelpLine for middle and high school students, and the extended learning program for elementary school students, to provide additional live support to help children learn.

Middle and high school students will be able to access the “HelpLine” sessions starting October 5. During HelpLine sessions, after-school staff will help students with schoolwork/homework and facilitate mastery lessons to help cover major concepts, fill learning gaps and offer engaging activities. Each teacher tutor will offer live interactions with students, and afterschool staff will be available for real-time academic and social/emotional support.

For middle and high school students, the HelpLine sessions will include ACT prep, college and career readiness, tutoring in subject areas of English, math, science and social studies as well as specialized support services for exceptional children and English learners.

School staff members run the HelpLine sessions. The program is scheduled for Monday-Thursday from 5-7 p.m. for middle school students, and from 6-8 p.m. for high school students.

All of the academic support will be provided through Zoom sessions that students can access with their school Gmail. The Zoom Meeting IDs for middle and high school curricula as well as specialized support will be available to all students via district and school websites.

Hoke High Principal Dr. Adell Baldwin brainstormed the HelpLine as part of a combined effort with SandHoke Early College High School Principal Colleen Pegram-Wike and Dr. Shannon Register, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, to improve support for high school students who will have to take end of course exams, the PreACT and ACT.

For more information, visit or contact the child’s school.

For elementary school students, the extended learning program will launch October 13 and run until December 17. The extended learning program is meant to provide a chance for children to receive extra help with schoolwork and learning outside of the regular school day.

The extended learning program for children in K-5 will include math and literacy support, as well as additional instructional time and a “strategic focus” on learning.

“It aims to strengthen reading and math skills through small class sizes and data-driven instructional focus,” the school system said in a statement about the program.

The extended learning program will also provide educational programming “which will respond to the unique needs of students, including English learner and exceptional children support,” the school system said.

The specific hours of the after-hours program for elementary students will vary by school. Certified teachers will work with students at all schools. For more information about the extended learning program at a child’s elementary school, contact the school’s principal.

For technical support, the Hoke County Digital Teaching and Learning Department will offer extended service hours to accommodate the Hoke County Schools community. Technical support hours will extend from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday.



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