BY KATE STEVENS
Enrollment at the Mooresville Graded School District Online Academy jumped from 261 students to 439 K-12 students in the days following the district school board’s vote on whether to reopen the school under the plan C July 22.
As of Monday morning’s registration deadline, the increase means 7.3% of the district’s 6,004 students are registered to attend MOA, the all-virtual option for students who plan to learn from home during the 2020-21 academic year, according to information provided by the MGDS.
MOA is an educational option for families who do not wish to return to MGSD schools under Plan C – a remote blended model of live instruction time and independent work time four days a week for students . Wednesday will serve as a flexible day for events such as small group intervention, teacher office hours, tutoring sessions, optional club meetings, and IEP meetings.
The school board voted unanimously to have students attend school under Plan C from the first day of school Aug. 17 to Oct. 16, at the end of the first term. School leaders will reassess the possibility of returning to school under Plan B, a combination of in-person classes and distance learning.
The MOA, however, is a commitment for the entire academic year, although students are permitted to return to in-person classes. At an Education Board meeting, MGSD Superintendent Stephen Mauney said on July 22 that students could potentially move in or out of MOA at the end of each semester, but only if the classroom space and the availability of teachers allow it.