GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — 104 Alabama school districts out of 139 have seen a decline in enrollment this year.
Dothan City Schools, for example, are down about 600 students this year compared to 2019.
The Geneva County School District, however, hasn’t seen a decrease.
“We’re actually up this year in enrollment,” Geneva County Schools Superintendent Becky Birdsong said. “Compared to last year, we’ve had an increase of about 78 students so I’m kind of surprised about that with the situation going on with the pandemic.”
Birdsong said she believes virtual students could be the explanation.
“As far as this year, I would just say that you know maybe some parents, us having the virtual option, maybe came and enrolled their kids for the virtual school as opposed to doing homeschool,” Birdsong said.
Birdsong said another reason could be that some some students are being sent to Slocomb.
“We usually see an influx from that way in Slocomb and some in Hartford but especially in Slocomb,” Birdsong said. “We have really good schools in Slocomb and so I feel like that’s a draw for people.”