CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – The school year countdown is on, but classrooms might seem a little less crowded in September as more Wisconsin students are virtually returning to school.
According to the Wisconsin Policy Forum, virtual charter registrations increased 84% in 2020-2021. Here at Eau Claire, this trend is true.
Last year, while offering a virtual school in addition to the district’s online COVID-19 cohort, the Eau Claire virtual school had 40 students enrolled in grades 4 to 12.
This year, now offering Kindergarten to Grade 12, that number has grown to over 120, and as ECASD does not offer an online cohort for COVID-19 this school year, enrollment could increase further.
“I think this last year has really shown families that there are different models of learning and different options. Virtual learning is not for every child, nor for every family. And so, to be successful, you have to that these supports are in place, this learning coach, the ability of the student to be a little more independent. But for the right student, this is a great, a great option for them, “said Laura Schlichting, director of the Eau Claire virtual school.
The Eau Claire virtual school is still accepting registration requests for this school year. The virtual school will start on September 1, 2021.