% US K-12 students attending "virtual-only" schools = 50.8% (from 48.3% last week)
% US K-12 students attending "traditional" In-person/every day" schools = 32.8%
% US K-12 students attending "hybrid" schools = 16.4%
The above percentages are set to Sunday December 20th. We set our numbers to the day of our reports due to changes that occur the day before announced plans. Our data is presented as "students attending schools that offer this learning plan" - most districts also offer virtual even when providing in person. For above, 50.8% of US K-12 students are currently attending schools that offer virtual-only plans, 32.8% offering traditional, etc.
Trends and Observations
To review, Burbio launched the audit on August 11th showing 52% "virtual only" and it shifted dramatically as the month went on and increased to 62% by Labor Day as large districts such as Hawaii, Dallas, small cities in the Northeast, Boston and parts of the Midwest and Sun Belt reversed previously announced in-person plans. Post-Labor Day, large Sun Belt cities such as Houston, Dallas and Miami returned in person, plus communities across the Northeast and the Midwest, and by early November less than 40% of US K-12 students were attending virtual-only schools. In the last three weeks, Covid-19 related closures of mid-size city districts such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Oklahoma City, widespread closures across states such as Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota, and the (now partial) closure of the NYC schools to in person drove the the virtual-only figure back up to 50.8%.
In large city district news, the District of Columbia announced an agreement with teachers to return students to the classroom. It might be termed "the beginning of the beginning" as the 49 point Memorandum of Agreement gives an indication of how much work is still to be done before the planned return in February. In San Francisco the district postponed a recently announced plan return some students to classrooms by January 25th. The press release from the district provides an explanation of the labor issues that are being addressed.
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