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Construction earlier this year at Malibu High School. Scott Steepleton/Surfside News
Scott Steepleton, Editor
9:51 am PDT May 11, 2021

Class is back in session for full-time, in-person instruction in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and a majority of students at Malibu High School prefer the classroom over distance learning.

The district was the first in Los Angeles County to return to full-time, in-person instruction.

"It's back to school full-time, like pre-pandemic," district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker told Surfside News. "We still have protocols to follow, but we are fully back to school."

Attendance data obtained by Surfside News shows almost 60 percent of MHS students go to school on campus. The rest are enrolled in distance learning only.

District wide, about 54 percent of the 9,773 enrolled students attend class for full-time, in-person instruction.

The vast majority of remaining students are in distance learning only. Just 160 — all at Santa Monica Alternative (K-8) — are in a hybrid learning model.

“This has a few percent of flex each way as some families are changing," said Pinsker.

At Malibu Middle School, 68 of the 288 enrolled students are in distance learning only.

Elementary students in Malibu attend class on campus at much higher rates than the upper grades.

At Webster Elementary, it’s 83 percent of the 222 enrolled students, while 196-student Malibu Elementary is top of the class, at 92 percent.