Though Attendance Is Slightly Down, Eureka City Schools Stay Open
“Some of our schools’ [attendance rates] are in the upper 80’s to 94%,” he said. “We normally run around 95%.”
Van Vleck said the schools are closely monitoring the situation. “We’ve been in contact with the Health Department in case they get reported cases.” He said that the schools would consider closing if the numbers dipped below 80%. He said that canceling school would put a lot of stress on working families. “Parents are relying on us to provide a place for their kids to learn.” Also, he said, working parents would not have a place for their kids to be safe if the schools closed.
“Fiscally it would be easier for us to [close the schools,] he explained. The state would reimburse them ADA (Average Daily Attendance) money based on their 95% attendance rate. But at this point, he doesn’t feel the situation warrants closing and the stress that would put on some families.