Jul 30, 2020 5:52 PM

Deadline for deciding in-class or at-home learning for St. Joseph students approaches

Posted Jul 30, 2020 5:52 PM

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

St. Joseph school officials say about 2,000 students have enrolled in the Virtual Academy to learn online from home this year.

Assistant Superintendent for Academic Services, Marlie Williams, says it was hard to estimate how many of the nearly 11,000 students would opt for online rather than in-class instruction.

“I don’t think we knew exactly what to anticipate,” Williams tells St. Joseph Post. “In so many ways, it has not been a normal year and we weren’t sure.”

About 60% of the students enrolling in online instruction are elementary students.

Parents have through Friday to decide whether to enroll their children in the Virtual Academy or traditional classroom instruction.

The St. Joseph School District has announced it is pushing back the start date to August 31st with May 27th scheduled as the last day of school.

Williams says a lot of work is being put into preparing for the new start date.

“We are doing our very best to be as prepared as we possibly can for the first day of school,” Williams says. “I think that the reality is that there are going to be a few things that we continue to work through and change and evolve between this time and the first day of school and even probably after the first day of school.”

Williams anticipates other children will be enrolled in the Virtual Academy before the end of Friday.

“Based on what I’m seeing right now, there are certainly enrollments still coming through for Virtual Academy,” according to Williams. “That tells me people are still making their decisions and I’ve taken some phone calls, some emails, and answered questions about the options that parents have.”