RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) –
Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton recognized homeschoolers at the school board meeting, and there are more this year. Although the numbers fluctuate from year to year, the district recognized only 75 home based education students last year, but that increased to 100 home school students this year. However Superintendent of FCSD#25, Dr. Joanne Andre-Flanagan, stated, “We do have a few more students homeschooling this year, but our families that are homeschooling, that count has stayed roughly the same.”
SPUR Virtual Academy has been an alternative to in person classes this year for Riverton school families, and the number of virtual students was much more than expected. “We offer an alternative virtual school, and we’ve had many families go that direction if they want to keep their kids home due to Covid. We have about 230 kids that our in our virtual program, our SPUR program. Those kids are our kids and our teachers work with them,” stated Dr. Flanagan. The superintendent said that when kids leave the district to home school, it does decrease funding for the district, by decreasing the average daily membership, but the district respects their personal choice to do that.
“We lose some money when they home school, but that’s alright. That’s a right and we respect that, and we have many really outstanding families that home school their children.” added Flanagan.
As far as the future of the district’s projected numbers with both homeschooling and SPUR, it’s still unclear. The superintendent just emailed the state department to see if their are any new protocols to follow with the new Covid variant from the U.K. “We are planning for a year next year that looks just like this year if that’s what we need to have, we’re going to be ready for that, because it’s always easier to back out and not have to have that year, but we have to prep for that,” added Dr. Flanagan.
The next school board meeting is January 26th at 7 p.m. at the Fremont County School District 25 Central Office boardroom.
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