Rural schools in U.S. see enrollment surge during pandemic
The U.S. state of Vermont is largely rural state that is sparsely populated and known for its outdoorsy culture. It has weathered the pandemic better than most.
It is no surprise that many families have relocated to Vermont amid the pandemic.
Some school districts in the state have seen enrollment surge with of out of state mainly city dwelling students. But many of these students enrolled later in the year after budgets were already set putting some school districts in a tough financial spot.
At the same time, there’s been a longstanding problem with teacher shortages in the state, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. The influx of out-of-state students is not helping the problem.