Junior high art students work on a project in the classroom last week. About 25 percent of students have opted to learn virtually this semester.


CAPAC — About one-quarter of Capac Community School’s student population has opted to enroll in virtual learning for the fall semester.

“We have over 200 students enrolled in CVEP (Capac Virtual Education Program) this year. That is just over double what we usually have,” said Supt. Jeff Terpenning.

The school year started in Capac on August 25 but district families had two weeks to try out virtual or in-person learning and then decide which option was best for them.

The district has had some form of virtual learning in place for the past eight years and in 2015 the virtual platform replaced Capac’s Crossroads alternative school.

For several years, the program was based in the Middle School and then moved to the high school where it was open to grades 6-12 with some onsite learning and studying opportunities.

Now the program has been expanded to include all grades, K-12.

Terpenning said the 25 percent reflects the number of families who indicated they would likely choose virtual education in a survey conducted this summer.