More students are attending Madison County schools in a significant increase from last year, according to data released Wednesday by the school district.
The school district said Tuesday that the number of students at its schools rose by 8.5 percent, from 8.1 percent in 2015.
The district has been struggling to get its students to school and the teachers to work.
The numbers were up from a year earlier.
Madison County is the second-largest county in Alabama, with about 6.6 million students, and is one of two school districts in the state.
Madison County’s schools also had the highest percentage of students who were in day care.
“The fact that students are getting to school more, it’s not surprising, especially considering the challenges they’re facing,” said Superintendent Tom Snedeker.
“It’s also good for our students, it makes them feel more connected with teachers.”
The district’s enrollment has grown by about 9 percent since 2015, with more than 6,000 students enrolled at its high schools.
Madison School District Superintendent David R. Schubert said that has been driven in part by the increase in enrollment at its elementary schools.