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Online Classes: 28 Eau Claire students to participate in new virtual school program

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Come fall, some Eau Claire students will be taking all their classes online, as part of a new virtual charter school program.

The Eau Claire Area School District’s virtual school has 28 spots, and already 45 students have applied.

Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck said about half of them don’t live in the district, but want to be part of this new idea.

However, students who live within the district boundaries get first dibs on those 28 spots.

After that, the remaining spots will be chosen by lottery pool Monday.

Over the last few years, more and more students are choosing online school.

In Wisconsin this school year, there are 42 online charter programs across the state.

Hardebeck said having Eau Claire on that list offers students and families a great alternative.

“I think that there are different learning styles and strategies that are appropriate for different students, and some families have chosen a virtual online type of education rather than having students be in a public school building,” Hardebeck said. “I think that’s a matter of family choice and trying to decide what’s right for your child.”

The virtual school is available for students in grades six through 12.

Those 28 seats are part of a pilot program.

If it goes well, the class size could get bigger for the 2020-21 school year.

The deadline to apply for the program was Friday.

Officials will draw names from the lottery pool Monday.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee joined News 18 in February 2018 as a Multi-Media Journalist.

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