EVSC Virtual Academy Enrollment Skyrocketing

Last year 80 students attended classes 100% online, right now more than 1500 students have enrolled to stay home and learn.

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 6:42 PM
Updated: Aug 8, 2020 9:03 AM

"I am a little nervous that its not going to stick, I want my children in the classroom and as normal as possible" says parent Kelsey Stroud.

Some school districts across the Tri-State have already made their way back to the classroom, some parents say it s still too early to send their children to in person instruction, "I think everyone should wait, we are not ready yet, there is not a vaccine out here for these kids, and the ones that have already went to school has gotten sick, so I don't think they should" says parent Kim Williams.

The EVSC Virtual Academy enrollment is skyrocketing, last year only 80 students in Evansville attended online learning.

With more than 10 days to go to enroll for the Virtual Academy the numbers more parents are shifting their child out of the classroom than previous years.

School officials say more than 1500 students have already enrolled for online learning.

"This year we are adding teacher capacity, we are shifting teachers over based on the demand of the EVSC Virtual Academy" says EVSC Chief Communications Officer Jason Woebkenberg.

Each student would receive an electric device to attend school online.

If a student enrolls for the online option.

Grades K-8th must commit for at least nine weeks high school students would have to go online for an entire semester.

"My children listen to their teachers a lot better than they listen to their mom and dad, so in school learning is a lot better" says Stroud.

"I think this school year would be safer if everyone did the virtual option, it would keep the students and the teachers safe" adds Williams.

If you are new to the Evansville area school officials say you can enroll your child online at the school website.

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