Ritenour's Student 2020-2021 Enrollment Decreases Due to Pandemic
The Ritenour School District’s fall enrollment showed a decrease of 183 K-12 students from last year’s official count. Official fall 2020 enrollment, according to the state’s “Count Day” on the third Wednesday in September was 6,198 students in grades K-12. Last year’s K-12 official fall enrollment was 6,381.
Additionally, the Ritenour School for Early Childhood Education, which has offered full in-person learning for all students since October, has an enrollment of 98 preschoolers, which is a decrease from 178 during the official count in the fall 2019. This year, the school must limit enrollment and class sizes due to social distancing requirements.
For this year’s official fall count on Sept. 16, 2020, all K-12 Ritenour students were in a full virtual learning environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Julie Hahn, assistant superintendent for data, intervention and student supports, said the district’s greatest decreases occurred in kindergarten and fourth grade.
“We expected that fewer families would start their kindergarten age children this year due to the pandemic, but the overall enrollment was much lower than we anticipated,” said Hahn. “We have more families report they are homeschooling their children than in past years but need to dive deeper into the data to see what other factors related to the pandemic are affecting our enrollment.”
The only grade level that experienced an increase was ninth grade, Hahn said.
Ritenour continues to be one of the most diverse school districts in the state with no ethnic/racial majority. Enrollment demographics show:
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