OLIVIA — High school sports have to wait until the new year to start up, but the high school gym at the BOLD school in Olivia is seeing use.

In this case, it’s for academics. Tables have been set in the gym for use by students who are struggling with distance learning, Superintendent Dale Brandsoy and High School Principal Jim Menton told BOLD School Board members on Monday.

The district has invited students who are experiencing difficulties with distance learning to come to the gym. Teachers who are working in the building are available to provide some one-on-one help, according to the principal.

The district is relying on distance learning through December due to COVID-19 concerns.

Brandsoy said more students are struggling with the challenges of distance learning than he would like to see.

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“I do not like the idea that students are going to fail,” he told board members.

The superintendent said he and faculty members have concerns that some students are falling behind in academics and the credits they need for graduation.

There are students taking advantage of the offer to use the gym, according to Principal Menton. Some students need the structure they are missing at home, he said.

He said he spoke with one student who has always done very well academically, but is now struggling and on track for an F in one class. The student told him there are too many distractions at home and he can’t focus.

The district is planning to move back to in-person instruction, beginning with elementary school grades starting during the week of Jan. 11.