Bartlesville Public Schools officials say that the district is seeing slightly more students choosing a virtual option to start the semester as COVID-19 cases rise, but as district leaders say in-person enrollment numbers are still much higher than the beginning of the year.
District officials said that overall it has seen more students returning to the classroom over for the last few months.
20% of Bartlesville students were enrolled in virtual learning toward the beginning of the school year and according to the district, that number declined to 13% in mid-November, then had a very small increase going into the spring semester.
Granger Meador with Bartlesville Public Schools said that the district is still strictly following CDC recommendations and he believes more parents trust that their kids will be safe.
“We’re pleased to see that so many have chosen to come back in-person. That indicates there’s a level of trust with the procedures and mitigation we have in place but we’re happy to serve families who want to be virtual and we understand the decisions that might lead them to that," said Meador.
Bartlesville Public Schools only had one week of distance learning district-wide last semester.