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More students start in fall than ended the 2020-21 year at Culver School District

Culver School District student enrollment dipped slightly from a year ago.

Enrollment has decreased from 685 students in September 2020 to 671 on Sept. 14, 2021, a difference of 14 students, reported Culver School District Superintendent Stefanie Garber. However, district enrollment is actually up 12 students from where they ended the 2020-2021 school year in June.

There were 686 students enrolled in the fall of 2019, which is 15 more students than there are currently in the district.

Garber is unsure how the enrollment changes will affect district finances as there is also a 10-day drop rule. A school cannot drop a student who doesn't show up until after their 10 days of absence. Since students have not been in school 10 days yet, the numbers will be realized after Oct. 1. She said the district will get its first projection for funding in October based on Oct. 1 Average Daily Membership report. The district will know more then.

A year ago, most Culver students began the school year in Comprehensive Distance Learning with two hours of on-site support each school day. Students returned to classrooms full-time in winter term and finished out the school year in-person. Enrollment had decreased to 659 students when the school year ended in mid-June.

This year, district leaders delayed the start of school by two weeks to provide the district nine additional days to fully plan for the possibility of Distance Learning and prepare for staffing challenges caused by the new vaccine mandate. In-person, full-time school started Sept. 20.

As of Sept. 14, Culver Elementary School had 271 students enrolled, there were 167 students at Culver Middle School, and 233 students enrolled at Culver High School.

"We are thrilled our students are on campus and we are getting into the swing of school again," Garber said.

For a small handful of students with extenuating circumstances, the district offers Edgenuity as an online option. Garber said the district had this arrangement pre-COVID and is using it when necessary. There are currently three students using the online option.


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