Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
11:49 pm EDT
Sunday, September 26, 2021

42% of Lake parents say their children will return to school buildings full time

Lake County Schools says it received nearly 40,000 Enrollment Intent Forms indicating which instructional option  parents want for their children when schools re-open next month.

Parents were asked to submit the forms by midnight on Wednesday, July 29 in preparation for the upcoming school year after being shuttered since March in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

On Thursday, July 30, the 39,391 total responses received were counted.

According to a press release, those numbers show that about 42 percent or 16,708 of parents said they want their children to return to brick-and-mortar school buildings for traditional, face-to-face, full-time instruction.

About 26 percent, or 10,108, chose the Lake Live option, which provides structural virtual learning that mirrors the traditional daily school schedule. In this case however, students stay enrolled in their home school and are taught by teachers from their enrolled school when possible based upon enrollment and teacher availability.

About 24 percent, or 9,584, said they will enroll full-time in Lake County Virtual School, which offers flexible daily virtual learning with teachers available through the day and during evening hours. Instruction includes two to three teacher-led live lessons weekly.

The smallest group – about 7 percent, or 2,878 – chose the Modified Day option, which offers students traditional in-school learning for English Language Arts and Math while allowing them to take other courses virtually through Lake County Virtual School.

District staff will filter the responses, understanding that some parents may have selected one option then later changed their minds and selected a different option. In those cases, the most recent option submitted from each parent will be used for planning as district leaders prepare for students.

Teachers are scheduled to return to school on Aug. 10 and classes for students are set to resume on Aug. 24.