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As cities face crisis with fewer kids in schools,
Yelm Community Schools maintains healthy enrollments!

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  • Editor’s note: As schools begin their 2022-2023 school year, many cities are reportedly in crisis as schools shrink with fewer enrollments.
  • I reached-out to Yelm Community Schools to ask about their enrollments.
  • Yelm Schools’ Teri Pablo responded below, used here with permission.

Cities face crisis as fewer kids enroll and schools shrink

From The Olympian:

The number of small schools like Chalmers [Ill.] is growing in many American cities as public school enrollment declines. More than one in five New York City elementary schools had fewer than 300 students last school year. In Los Angeles, that figure was over one in four. In Chicago it has grown to nearly one in three, and in Boston it’s approaching one in two, according to a Chalkbeat/AP analysis. Most of these schools were not originally designed to be small, and educators worry coming years will bring tighter budgets even as schools are recovering from the pandemic’s disruption.

“When you lose kids, you lose resources,” said Crockett, the Chalmers principal. “That impacts your ability to serve kids with very high needs.”

The pandemic accelerated enrollment declines in many districts as families switched to homeschooling, charter schools and other options. Students moved away or vanished from school rolls for unknown reasons.

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Response from Teri Pablo, Communications Director, Yelm Community Schools:

Thank you for reaching out about the status of Yelm Community Schools enrollment. While the article is referring to enrollment in other states, Washington has seen an enrollment decline of approximately 40,000 since the pandemic according to Seattle Times in July 2022.

Yelm has also seen a decline of about 3% for a variety of reasons. Many families moved from Yelm to be with family in other communities to support their children while adults continued to work.  Military families continue to enter and withdraw as their orders change.  We also saw a number of families shift to online or home school due to personal choices related to health. Lastly, we saw families delay enrollment in Kindergarten the last two years as families wanted to wait and see how the virus affected schools.

We conservatively projected enrollment for 2022-23 to include only families currently in our district.  This is fiscally responsible but we still can respond if enrollment increases.  We have reached out to families to welcome our Kindergarten students and are hosting many pre-enrollment events to help in the transition. We are closely monitoring new student enrollment throughout August and supporting families who are looking to return from online and home school settings.  

It is extremely important to us that each family feels welcome and that they know we will support their child no matter what type of education they received over the last year.  We are focused on meeting academic and social emotional needs so that all students achieve growth.

Again, thank you for reaching out. Please encourage any family that has questions to contact the district or school on how we can support their child.

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Posted by Steve on August 16, 2022 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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