One-in-4 online students failed all classes

WASHINGTON — Of the students who chose virtual learning at the high school, 25 percent failed all of their classes last semester.

During the Wednesday night school board meeting, High School Principal Erik Buchholz said there were 88 students in virtual learning last term. Of those students, 55 passed, 11 failed at least one class and 22 failed all of their classes.

In-person students totaled 421. Of those students, 366, or 87 percent, passed all of their classes and 55, or 13 percent, failed at least one.

Buchholz said he uses the data when visiting with parents or children considering virtual learning.

“Obviously face-to-face learning is a better opportunity to serve our kids,” he said.

He said it may not be possible for the student to be in person, and he supports whatever decision is best for the child.

In November, Curriculum Director Veta Thode said there were 23 students in the middle school and high school that had not completed any work.

At the time, Thode said the students and parents have been contacted weekly to remind them of assignments.