Louisiana public schools lost 2% of students in the pandemic. See your area’s enrollment

Louisiana school enrollment is down more than 2%, reflecting a national trend following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Oct. 1, 2020, public school student count released Tuesday by the Louisiana Department of Education, overall enrollment in the state dropped 2.3% when compared to final numbers for the 2019-20 year. Each year school systems gather data in October and February.

State data show that 699,625 students are enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade for 2020-21. That’s a decline of 16,791 students from the final count of the 2019-20 school year gathered in February, a month before schools were closed due to coronavirus.

Louisiana Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley attributed the drop to the pandemic as well as the hurricanes that impacted the state this year.

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