February 15, 2021
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And here is a map of where US schools are open:
As indicated above 91% of US students overall are attending schools in the red tier. We calculate that 93% of the students currently attending "traditional" schools live in the red tier. The guidelines don't call for the closing of schools currently educating students in-person, but by following the CDC guidelines districts in "Always Virtual" areas will need to meet higher standards to introduce in-person learning than districts that have opened earlier this academic year. Further, as widely noted, the stipulation for six foot distancing makes planning for traditional in-person learning problematic.
Since August our auditors have collectively examined the 1,200 districts in our data set, which represent 35,000 schools, tens of thousands of times to monitor their status. A consistent observation is the seriousness with which Superintendents take guidance from the State and Federal level even as there has been continual adjustment and iteration to best practices. Based on our experience these CDC guidelines will generate immediate discussion as it relates to decision making for both the balance of the Spring and next Fall regardless of a school's current educational model.
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