Some West Michigan school districts reported losing more than 200 students this school year, while other schools said they gained a couple hundred.
Kalamazoo Public School leaders said preliminary numbers show 12,600 students are enrolled for the fall 2020, down 248 students from the 2019-2020 school year.
“In a year with so much uncertainty, I’m pleased that so many families continue to put their trust in Kalamazoo Public Schools,” Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri said. “We cannot wait to see our nearly 13,000 students again in person.”
All Kalamazoo students are learning virtually at least until Nov. 24.
Portage Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bielang said the district has 8,644 students enrolled for fall 2020, a decrease of 269 students from 2019.
Portage students in kindergarten through fifth grade are learning in-person, with the option of learning virtually. Students in sixth grade and up are learning online, but face-to-face support is available.