Eau Claire School Board Approves Virtual School Expansion and Offsite Transition Program | Local


CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – The Eau Claire school board on Monday approved a proposal to expand the Eau Claire virtual school, opening the program to all grade levels and removing the enrollment cap.

As we reported, an unlimited number of students would be allowed to enroll in the virtual school by July 1, including students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 for the first time. The virtual school currently serves grades 4 to 12, with a cap of 22 students in grades 4 and 5 and 42 students in grades 6 through 12.

District officials said there were also 2,000 students practically learning right now due to the pandemic and they wanted to prepare for possibly higher demand in the future.

The council also approved a plan to use a space in the EastRidge Center next to Hastings Way for an off-site bridging program for special education students aged 18 to 21, helping them to pass more easily to adulthood.

Renting the space would cost the district just under $ 500,000 over a 10-year period. He hopes to pay the estimated $ 225,000 needed to make the space operational through grants and fundraising.

You can read more about the Offsite Transition Program here.


Perry A. Thomasson