April 7, 2022

The number of students missing class has spiked during the Covid-19 pandemic, compounding a larger problem of decreasing enrollment. As California school districts face the prospect of a precipitous drop in funding next year due to these trends, we talked to administrators about  the ways they are trying to increase attendance and enrollment — whether by engaging families through porch visits or creating a homeschooling option through the district.


  • Holly Cybulski, Director of Elementary and K-8 schools, San Juan Unified.
  • Gina Potter, Superintendent, San Ysidro School District
  • Erin Simon, Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services, Long Beach Unified School District
  • John Fensterwald, Editor-at-large, EdSource

Watch the roundtable here

Education Beat is a weekly podcast hosted by EdSource’s Zaidee Stavely and produced by Coby McDonald.