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Where are the kindergartners? COVID causing enrollment drop in Columbus-area schools

The Columbus Dispatch |

Nearly every local school district has experienced a drop in kindergarten enrollment, despite typically booming enrollment districtwide, according to data districts provided in late September. Of 19 area districts, just two saw an increase in kindergartners.

Gahanna-Jefferson experienced a dip of 4% in its kindergarten class size. But many districts experienced significant decline, with percentages in the double-digits.

Groveport Madison, with a 43% drop, saw the largest plunge in the area, with about 240 kindergartners, compared to more than 400 last year.

Other districts with large declines include: Hilliard and Whitehall, at 29%; Reynoldsburg, with 22; and Bexley, with 20%. Columbus, the state’s largest district, dipped 16%, or nearly 600 children.

Only Canal Winchester and Dublin saw increases, of 22% and 2%, respectively.