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Parents unsure if Lansing School District’s online school is right for them

Capital Area K-12 Online is now enrolling
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:44 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Parents across mid-Michigan are now deciding if they are sending their kids back to school in-person or virtually this fall.

The Lansing School District is creating an online school, Capital Area K-12 Online, for students across the region this upcoming school year. Many parents are still undecided about whether to enroll their children.

“I’ve got mixed emotions about that,” said Charma Nash who has six kids in Lansing schools.

Nash said her older kids might enjoy online school.

“In a way I feel kind of good about it. Like I said, some of my kids’ grades shot up. I don’t know, maybe because they didn’t have the influence of their friends,” she said.

Lansing School District superintendent Sam Sinicropi said that’s part of the reasons why they are starting the online school.

“Remote learning is not for everybody, but it is for some kids and families. We had enough, at least anecdotal, interest that we thought we would explore it,” said Sinicropi.

The district is still working out the specific details on how this will work, and a lot depends on enrollment.

Sinicropi said he expects about 600 students to be enrolled in the online school. That would be at least one virtual classroom for each grade level.

“We’re trying to make it as much like if you were in person at Lansing,” said Sinicropi.

At the high school level, that includes being able to participate in extra curricular activities and even some electives. Nash said even though some of her kids did well online, she doesn’t think she’ll keep them there.

“They need to get back in school. We need to be hands on. The need to see their peers,” said Nash.

Sinicropi said he expects students will be able to switch to an in person school if families find the online school doesn’t work for them. He compared it to when a family moves and a child switches schools.

Any student in the mid-Michigan region is eligible to enroll in the Capital Area K-12 Online school right now.

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