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Eau Claire School Board approves virtual school expansion, off-site transition program

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - The Eau Claire School Board approved a proposal to expand the Eau Claire virtual school Monday, opening the program to all grade levels, and removing the cap on enrollment.

As we reported, an unlimited number of students would be allowed to enroll in the virtual school before July 1, including students in kindergarten through third grade for the first time. The virtual school currently serves grades 4 through 12, with a cap of 22 students in grades 4 and 5, and 42 students in grades 6 through 12.

District officials said there are also 2,000 students learning virtually right now due to the pandemic, and want to be prepared for possibly higher demand going forward.

The board also approved a plan to use a space in the EastRidge center off Hastings Way for an off-site transition program for special education students between the ages of 18 and 21, helping them transition more easily into adult life.

Leasing the space would cost the district just shy of $500,000 over the course of 10 years. It hopes to pay for the estimated $225,000 necessary to get the space up and running through grants and fundraising.

You can read more about the off-site transition program here.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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