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.
Burbio data was featured in this recent piece in Bloomberg on the BIden administration's school opening plans, in addition to this NPR piece on districts struggling to reopen for the first time and an NBC News piece on vaccines, teachers and school reopenings. Burbio was also featured in this November 20th overview of school closures in USA Today plus a recent segment on CNBC. about Fall school closures. Burbio data has been cited in CNBC stories about racial inequality in education and the impact of virtual learning on retail sales. Axios led with the data in a piece on virtual learning glitches; Bloomberg in multiple stories as well as NPR Marketplace. Burbio has also been cited by The Information in a piece about Ed Tech, as well as CNBC in a piece about working parents and virtual education plus an NBC News piece about physical stress of remote learning on children and the USC Center for Health Journalism. The Baltimore Sun featured Burbio in a data on Maryland school openings and the New York Times in an op-ed about virtual learning and engagement. NPR highlighted Burbio data in a piece summarizing Fall school openings. and Axios featured Burbio in a piece about the instability of school openings. CNBC featured Burbio data in a piece about how disruption in K-12 education is affecting women in the workforce. CBS featured Burbio data in an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Politico has featured Burbio data in a variety of pieces on national K-12 trends. Burbio data has been a resource for numerous government organizations, academic researchers, trade associations, think tanks and non-profits.
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