Alabama’s superintendent said more than 5,000 public school students in the state have not shown up for any classes this year – virtual or in-person.
Superintendent Eric Mackey said the drop in enrollment could lead to job losses for hundreds of teachers, The Associated Press reported Thursday.
“It’s a very difficult year instructionally and that doesn’t even touch the surface on the issues we will have with these 5,000 students who are not in school and we don’t know where they are,” he said, according to the AP.
Mackey said a small number of the students have likely chosen to enroll in private schools, the Montgomery Advertiser reported. While more students have started to return, they will not be reflected in the official enrollment count that ended 20 days after