K-12 School Reopening Trends

October 19, 2020

Dennis Roche

Where We Are Now

Burbio School Opening Tracker- Map

  • % US K-12 Students attending "Virtual only" schools = 42.6%
  • % US K-12 Students Attending "Traditional In-person/Every day" schools = 34.7%
  • % US K-12 Students Attending "Hybrid" Schools = 22.7%

Note: 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, 42.6% of US K-12 students are currently attending schools that offer only virtual plans, 34.7% offering traditional, etc. 

Trends and Observations


The data has been cited by  CNBC in August when it was announced  and since 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, Politico   and USA Today.    Burbio has also been cited by JohnsHopkins Center for Health Security in a recent newsletter The Information in a piece about Ed Tech as well as CNBC in a piece about working parents and virtual education.   and the USC Center for Health Journalism.   We have also shared data with the CDC, HHS, and the Department of Education at the Federal level.  

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