Private schools get a boost from COVID pandemic

Some parents are fleeing from public education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Private school systems in southwest Michigan are fielding a lot of calls these days. Parents are hoping to get their kids out of crowded and underfunded public schools and into what they hope are safer private school classrooms.

According to a report by WWMT, the Kalamazoo Country Day School has seen enrollment increase 20% over last school year.

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The school has taken steps to ensure its students’ safety, moving desks six feet apart and installing plastic barriers between students and teachers.

School officials said they were limiting class sizes to 12 students – in contrast to large districts like Kalamazoo Public Schools where class sizes are often twice that.

The school plans to conduct classes in person, but has a hybrid model in place for middle school students.

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