KALAMAZOO, MI — Enrollment at Kalamazoo Public Schools fell about 5% during the pandemic.
Districts across the state have reported falling student populations since the pandemic forced schools into virtual learning. KPS is one of the last large districts in Michigan to remain in fully virtual mode through the remainder of the school year.
Gary Start, deputy superintendent of business and finance, said KPS lost about 5%, or 690 students, from fall 2019 to fall 2020.
In fall 2019, the district enrolled 12,848 students. In the fall of 2020, 12,158 students were enrolled in the district, Start said.