“It’s going to be a mammoth task, but we are up for the challenge,” said Aleigha Henderson-Rosser, assistant superintendent for instructional technology.
She said the virtual program still has about five vacancies that were not filled before classes began in August. Because the enrollment period is still open, it’s not known yet exactly how many more teachers APS may need to hire.
If the district can’t recruit enough teachers, it will hold a lottery on Nov. 5 to determine which students will be admitted. Students who aren’t selected will be placed on a wait list, Henderson-Rosser said.
Board members urged administrators to do what they can to make sure all students who want to learn virtually get that chance.
“If they are requesting this program, we should be providing it — particularly because (of) the trajectory of the pandemic and how it has truly not ended,” board Chairman Jason Esteves said.
More than 600 students signed up for full-time, online learning back in May, the district’s initial enrollment deadline for the fall semester.
As COVID-19 cases surged in August after the start of classes, more parents wanted an online option.
In recent weeks, cases have dropped. The district reported 139 cases among students and staff for the week ending Oct. 1. That’s the fifth consecutive week of declining case counts, according to district data.