We saw a continued rise in school disruptions as last week went on, driven by staff shortages. Several thousand schools that were virtual or closed...
Week of 1/11: Virtual Rising
Virtual-only learning rose slightly this week. The data from our report is through Sunday January 10th. Many virtual districts from the Midwest and Northeast report they will return to in-person instruction on the 11th even as we saw some heavily "in-person" areas transition back to virtual for the first time.
% US K-12 students attending "virtual-only" schools = 55% (from 53.4% last week)
% US K-12 students attending "traditional" In-person/every day" schools = 30.8%
% US K-12 students attending "hybrid" schools = 14.2%
The above percentages are set to Sunday, January 10th. 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, 55% of US K-12 students are currently attending schools that offer virtual-only plans, 30.8% offering traditional, etc.
1) At Labor Day, Burbio's audit showed that 62% of all US K-12 students were attending virtual-only schools as large districts across the US postponed in-person plans due to stakeholder concerns and rising Covid-19 rates. Post-Labor Day, large Sun Belt cities such as Houston, Dallas and Miami returned in-person as did communities across the Northeast and the Midwest, and by early November only 37.8% of US K-12 students were attending virtual-only schools. Beginning in early November, districts bringing students into the classroom for the first time this academic year, or "new openings," came to a halt due to rising community Covid-19 levels. All Fall Covid-19 levels had been dropping across the US and that had changed.