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Birdville summer students can work at home or in the school library but have to check in daily. Melissa Wylie
Birdville summer students can work at home or in the school library but have to check in daily. Melissa Wylie

Hundreds of students in the Birdville school district are enrolled in summer school — but not necessarily in school so much. Most kids aren’t spending more than two hours a day on campus.

This is the second year that high school and middle school students have been allowed to take courses online, working anywhere that has an internet connection.

Introduced in Birdville last summer, the Compass Learning program dramatically changed the summer school experience for both kids and teachers. The district’s three high schools also offer the online classes all year long for students to make up courses they failed. High school kids also have the opportunity to jump ahead and take classes like health and speech early.

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