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WATERLOO – Fewer students are attending Waterloo Community Schools this fall after a change in law made it easier for families to enroll their children in other districts.

The certified school enrollment number published by Waterloo Schools shows that as of October 1, there were a total of 10,114 students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in its 18 schools and specialty programs.

The decline of 81 students from last year is less than the 151 students who had previously moved to other districts since a bill to ban the use of voluntary diversity plans was signed in May. District administrators had forecast in September that the count, which determines the state funding per student for the next year, would be about 100 students less due to the effects of the new law.

In written comments, Superintendent Jane Lindaman focused on how the district was returning after enrollments fell even further last year, before COVID-19 vaccines were available to everyone.

“Overall, our current enrollment reflects the trends we have seen over the past few years and our numbers are generally in line with what we would expect for medical reasons after a year of significant disruption due to the pandemic,” she said in the Explanation.

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However, without the ability to enroll from within the district after the diversity plan was signed, many of the students who have left the district would likely attend his schools.

Normally, open enrollment applications for the coming year must be submitted by March 1st. But after the state law was changed, families could still apply for open enrollments for five districts that had voluntary diversity plans. As part of the Waterloo Schools diversity plan, students could leave the district if someone with the same socio-economic status would enroll in it.

“We understand that there are several factors that play a role in our enrollment figures this year,” said Lindaman. She noted that “after the disruptions of the pandemic, families are eager for familiarity and predictability” while students want to be personal, “build relationships with their teachers and participate in activities.”

Virtual enrollment is an important part of the district census this fall, though not nearly as important as it was last year. Waterloo Schools reported that on October 1, 424 students were studying remotely online – 103 of them in elementary school, 79 in middle school and 242 in high school. The district had 2,200 students studying remotely as of August 2020, but the exact number was never released at the count date.

Previously, Lindaman said the district had seen an increase in kindergarten children starting this fall. Officials saw the phenomenon in 2020 that parents did not send their children to kindergarten, which is outside of compulsory schooling. That hasn’t happened on a grand scale this year – and there are more of the youngest students in the district than all but one class.

With 829 students enrolled in kindergarten across the county, this grade level has more students than any other, with the exception of freshmen of high school. There were 1,195 ninth graders, a number that is often higher than the grades before or after because students who don’t earn enough credits can be classified as freshmen for more than a year.

A missing dog was rescued after it got stuck in a gully on the Cedar River in Waterloo, Iowa on October 27, 2021.


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Lindaman previously said that half of the 151 students enrolled after the diversity plan’s ban would have been kindergarten and first graders this fall. In her statement, she claimed that students who start with the district in these classes usually stick with it.

“Ultimately, our enrollment shows that once families join the Waterloo Schools family and enroll in our district, families stay,” she said. “They believe in our approach to delivering a high quality academic experience in an environment that is empathetic, enriching and safe for our students.”

Compared to last year, almost every school recorded a decrease in the enrollment rate. However, these individual school enrollments can be skewed as virtual students are grouped separately, unlike in 2020.

The district saw the largest decline among its 11 elementary schools. There were 110 fewer students including those who learned virtually. There was a smaller decrease in the four middle schools and an increase in the three high schools, although both middle and high school virtual students were assigned to high schools.

If you add up virtual learning with secondary schools, the decrease is a total of six students to 2,331. If you only take into account the virtual high school students in grades nine to twelve, the increase is 35 students to 3,199.

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The budget enrollment – or the number used to determine government funding – has been increased to 10,681.17 for Waterloo Schools. That is around 49 students more than in the previous year. The decimal point takes into account students who are not full-time, such as B. Home-schooled children attending a class through the district.

Numerous adjustments will be made to the actual number of students attending courses in the district to meet the budget number, including open entry and exit. Along with the 151 students who have enrolled since May, officials have said another 306 have left the district that way. An exact number was not published for the certified census.

Students can go to school elsewhere due to special needs or other names. Home or private students living in the district and attending a class through its schools are added to Waterloo’s census. Resident students educated in another public school system are also counted, but the government funds they generate per student are passed on to those counties.

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Northern Iowa Junior Guard AJ Green poses for a picture during men’s basketball media day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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Northern Iowa sophomore Antwan Kimmons, freshman Bowen Born, junior AJ Green and freshman Nate Heise pose for a picture during the men’s basketball media day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson speaks at a press conference during Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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North Iowa senior Tywhon Pickford and freshman Bowen Born take selfies during Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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Northern Iowa freshman Chase Courbat laughs with teammates during Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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Northern Iowa Junior AJ Green sits for an interview during Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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North Iowa sophomore Antwan Kimmons, left, and Senior Tywhon Pickford dance on camera during the men’s basketball media day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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North Iowa Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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North Iowa Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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North Iowa Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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North Iowa Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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North Iowa Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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North Iowa Men’s Basketball Media Day at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.


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