GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- GPFlex opened Tuesday, September 7, providing a more flexible learning environment for students and families in Grants Pass School District 7.
Early Tuesday morning, GPFlex had a welcoming event at it's office near Grants Pass High School, where about 325 families showed up to claim Chrome Books and school supplies for students.
The Principal of GPFlex, Natosha Savage, told Newswatch 12 that over the past month enrollment for the hybrid learning model has picked up.
"They dual-enroll, so their online course work is through GPFlex, and then they can attend their local neighborhood school for up to two classes a day if it works with their schedule."
Intermediate and secondary students have the chance to learn in person for two classes and the rest of their classes will be learned online, while elementary students will have other opportunities for socialization on a school campus.
Savages said, GPFlex's learning model is meant to be sustained beyond reasons related to Covid-19.
Some families chose GPFlex because they did not agree with mask and vaccine mandates at schools. Other parents homeschooling their children and wanting to pair their homeschooling curriculum with Grants Pass School District's, wanted socialization for their student.
Newswatch 12 spoke to several families that attended the welcoming event, most of them saying they wanted their child to be safe as Covid cases rise across the Rogue Valley.
Parent Elizabeth Bretko said, "I think it's a great program to be launching and wanted to be a part of it, and with numbers in the valley going up, it just didn't seem like the right time to go back to school."
GPFlex has it's official first day Wednesday, September 8.