Marin school enrollment plunges amid pandemic: report

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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Following a national trend likely fueled by the pandemic, public schools in Marin saw a 5% drop in enrollment from the previous year, reports the Marin Independent Journal.

Enrollment in Marin schools fell by 1,564 from 35,389 students at this time a year ago to 33,825, according to the report.

Marin saw an even steeper decline a year ago during the first year of the pandemic, when enrollment fell by 1,638 students, according to the report.

According to data from 70,000 schools in 33 states, enrollment fell 2%, with kindergarten and grades one through three seeing the most precipitous declines, EdSource reports.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has seen a decline of nearly 6%, losing more than 27,000 students since last year, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Earlier this year, the California Department of Education reported a 2.6% decline in enrollment.

Marin’s enrollment has been steadily declining about 1% per year for the past decade, Marin County Schools Superintendent Mary Jane Burke told IJ.

“The reason for this year’s decline varies by district and we suspect the pandemic played a role,” Burke told the outlet.

“Families may have left the area during the pandemic.”

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