HR School Enrollment Down By Over 300

Total enrollment in the Hood River County School District is down by over 300 students from last year.  District Human Resources Director Catherine Dalbey says as of last week 3,769 students were attending the district’s virtual classes.  She told the district board the reductions were centered in three areas.  Nearly 100 expected kindergarten students not enrolling probably due to comprehensive distance learning and COVID that will probably return next year, the Columbia Gorge Educational Service District put the estimate on registered home school students up from the usual 120 to over 200, and the remaining students have chosen other virtual schools.  State school funding is based on a two-year average enrollment, but Dalbey noted many districts are seeing similar trends, so that formula may be changed.

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