Nearly 40,000 Enrollment Intent Forms have been submitted to Lake County Schools indicating which instructional option each parent wants for his or her child when schools open next month.
Parents were asked to submit the forms by midnight on Wednesday, July 29. Of the 39,331 responses counted the afternoon of Thursday, July 30, about 42 percent or 16,708 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. 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. The most recent option submitted from each parent will be used for planning as district leaders prepare for students to resume instruction on August 24.
Schools have been shuttered since March in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.