ECASD virtual school enrollment numbers grow as online learning gains popularity

Lisa R. Parker

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – With the onset of the pandemic, digital mastering grew as a popular alternate. Even so, the Eau Claire Spot School District begun digital finding out prior to COVID-19 hit.

ECASD launched its digital school in 2019.

“In the initial year, it served students in grades six through 12 and had about 20 students,” Virtual faculty principal Laura Schlichting reported. “In the 2nd year, we expanded to fourth and fifth quality as properly. So it was a 4th-12th school with about 60 students.”

As a reaction to the pandemic and the rising acceptance of virtual understanding, Schlichting states 200 learners across the state in kindergarten through 12th quality are at the moment enrolled.

“Kindergarten via 5th is staying taught by our individual Eau Claire Area College District lecturers,” Schlichting mentioned. “We use our have curriculum for kindergarten as a result of 3rd, and then our 4th and 5th-quality lecturers teach the Pearson curriculum, which is the curriculum that we use that are at our upper amounts in grades 6 via 12.”

Deborah Skalecki joined the digital college staff members last yr as a kindergarten and 1st quality.

“I see the degree of engagement and connectivity with family members as staying considerably more robust,” Skalecki claimed.

Skalecki says she has observed firsthand how college students are benefiting from on-line mastering.

“They’re feeling secure, they’re sensation comfortable, they’re sitting with their animals, possibly their grandma and grandpa,” Skalecki stated. “And so there are individuals connections and appear to be truly much better than in-individual school.”

Schlichting claims households have their have motives for enrolling their small children in virtual college

“Of training course, there are the overall health and security motives and we have a number of family members with us for individuals motives,” Schlichting claimed. “But we also see people that have observed that the virtual finding out option is actually a great in good shape for their household.”

She provides the schooling and result of virtual learning are on par with in-human being mastering.

“Our graduation necessities, for illustration, are the identical as they are for North or Memorial,” Schlichting said. “So our college students are earning the identical selection of credits in the exact same spots and so the diploma that graduating seniors obtain is the similar, the identical diploma that our in-particular person learners also obtain.”

Schlichting states following 12 months the digital school will add Eau Claire College district academics as a result of seventh quality. She also states grades 8th by way of 12th will still be taught by Pearson, but if enrollment continues to increase, district instructors could be additional for people grades as very well.

To understand far more about Eau Claire Area School Districts’ virtual university, click here.

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