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Enrollment numbers in Broward public schools down by thousands due to COVID

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Pre-K students March 24, 2021 in public school. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)

The Broward County Public Schools system numbers are down.

According to officials they say the low enrollment numbers are down after schools were closed for a long period of time due to COVID-19.

Broward County Enrollment Chief Jill Young said there are more than ten thousand fewer students enrolled in public schools this year than before the pandemic.

She blames COVID-19 fears, especially since their biggest loss is younger children between five and 12 years old who have largely been illegible for the vaccine.

“I feel that a lot of parents have decided to make other arrangements beause of that fear of their child not being safe due to not everybody being vaccinated,” said Young.