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Hittin’ the books

Schools opened Monday morning with a total of 5,350 students in grades K-12 at the county’s seven elementary and two secondary schools, school officials said.

In addition to the students enrolled in grades K-12, an additional 255 students enrolled Monday morning in the pre-K program at the county’s elementary schools, said Deputy Superintendent of Schools Larry Clark. Also, there were 33 county students who enrolled in private schools Monday, Clark added.

“The Virginia Department of Education only recognizes students in grades K-12 for Average Daily Membership (ADM),” Clark said. “ADM is used to compute funding for the school division from the state.”

Clark said the number of students who enrolled Monday was below the number projected for the school division.

“We built our budget on a projected enrollment of 5,641 students in grades K-12,” Clark said Monday afternoon.

More students enrolled for classes Tuesday, Clark said. “We saw an increase of 160 students today,” he said Tuesday afternoon.

“That brings us up to 5,510 students in grades K-12.”

The deputy superintendent said an additional 23 students enrolled Tuesday in the county’s pre-K programs. “That gives us a total of 5,821 students in the county,” Clark explained. “But remember, only 5,510 are figured for ADM.”

Clark said historically, students enroll for classes throughout the first week of school. “Students do not enroll the first day for various reasons,” the deputy superintendent said. “Some may not have gotten the Tdap booster shot, they may be out of town or some other reason.”

The Tdap vaccine protects children against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough), and the Tdap booster is required of all students entering the sixth grade in Virginia.

“Some students still have not reported for classes,” Clark said Tuesday afternoon. “We urge parents to have students enroll in school as soon as possible. Instruction has begun at all schools, and it is most important that students not miss valuable class time.”