School disruptions slowed to start this week as the majority of the schools that were virtual last week did open back up for in-person learning....
Week of 1/4: 2021 Outlook
Virtual-only learning rose further above 50 percent this week as additional schools went virtual upon returning from school break. We expect this to be a peak that will lower gradually over the course of January. Please see below for our assessment of the landscape in 2021.
Burbio School Opening Tracker- Map
% US K-12 students attending "virtual-only" schools = 53.4% (from 50.8% last week)
% US K-12 students attending "traditional" In-person/every day" schools = 31.7%
% US K-12 students attending "hybrid" schools = 14.9%
The above percentages are set to Monday January 4th. 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, 53.4% of US K-12 students are currently attending schools that offer virtual-only plans, 31.7% offering traditional, etc.
1) 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 across the US postponed in person plans due to Covid-19 rates rising and stakeholder concerns. 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 only 37.8% of US K-12 students were attending virtual-only schools. Since mid-November, Covid-19 related closures of mid-size city districts across the Midwest and widespread closures in states such as Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Michigan and Minnesota all drove the "virtual" number higher. Since mid-December many suburban districts across the Northeast and Midwest have gone virtual for precautionary reasons, and as of Monday, January 4th we are showing 53.4% of US K-12 students now attending virtual only schools.