This week we look at the Top 15 largest gains and declines across City and Suburban school districts nationwide, plus ESSER III spending and Early...
Week of 3/21: K-12 Enrollment Trends
Over ninety percent of the Top 500 school districts are now mask-optional. This week we look at K-12 public school enrollments for 2021/22 versus last year across states where reporting is available. We also take a look at capital expenditures occurring at school districts outside of those in the HVAC-related category.
- Madison Metropolitan School District, WI will continue requiring masks through Spring Break (April 1st), saying "we will continue with masking indoors through spring break with a commitment to provide an updated decision on indoor masking after spring break and no later than April 15, 2022."
- Los Angeles Unified School District, CA will be removing their school mask mandate by March 23rd.
- Oakland Unified School District, CA announced it "will keep its current indoor mask mandate for all students, staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors in place at least through April 15. We are concerned about a potential post-Spring Break surge . . . ."
- Detroit Public Schools, MI is maintaining a school mask mandate, citing vaccination rates and the need to get 100% of students to agree to testing. This Chalkbeat story reports the district will consider lifting the mandate after Spring Break ends (April 3rd).
- Boston Public Schools, MA lifted capacity restrictions on various events but is keeping the mask mandate in place. "At a meeting today, BPHC finalized their recommendation that BPS should maintain the current masking policy until the citywide weekly average of COVID-19 daily cases is at or under 10 cases per 100,000 residents. Once we reach that threshold, we will consult with BPHC on the next steps and timeline, and communicate updates to our families and staff."
- Clayton County Public Schools, GA, announces at the 7:30 mark of this video the district will require masks for the balance of the school year.
- Prince Georges County Public Schools, MD announced they "anticipate easing our mask mandate by the end of the school year. According to Maryland State Department of Education’s previous guidance, I will remove the mask mandate once the county population reaches 80 percent full vaccination based on the Maryland Department of Health metrics."
- Durham Public Schools, NC has dropped their outdoor mask mandate but kept the indoor mask mandate.
- San Antonio ISD, TX, is conducting a survey found here on whether to go mask-optional.
- Hartford Public Schools, CT will move to mask optional March 28th,
- South Jefferson Central School District, NY ($5.6MM) will be spending just over $650,000 on over 5,000 pieces of classroom furniture across elementary, middle and high schools.
- Lemoor Union Elementary CA ($6.5MM) will be spending $1MM on Outdoor Shade Structures to "provide outdoor spaces on each campus to spread students out in a safe manner and reduce or prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition to grade level classrooms, PE, music, and afterschool programs will utilize these spaces to ensure safe distancing as well."
- Amphitheater Public Schools, AZ ($29MM) will spend $800,000 to create an Internship Center at the high school, in addition to furniture purchases.
- Hernando School District, FL ($43.6MM) will be spending $350,000 on air purification systems for school buses.
- Huron School District, SD ($6.3MM) will be spending $750,000 on the addition of four outdoor tennis courts.
- Omaha Public School, NE ($194MM) will be spending $43MM on roof replacements and $5MM on hydration stations.
- Bloomfield Public Schools, CT ($3.5MM) will spending on two-way radios for school security and district leadership, outdoor seating for meal times for Special Education, and lunch tables for the high school to increase distancing during rush periods.
- Laredo, TX ($123MM) is spending $11.6MM on fire and security alarm systems, $225,000 for water fountain retrofits for bottle fillers, $280,000 for electronic marquees, $43,000 for digital food temperature monitoring, $756,000 on security cameras, $2.4MM on school buses, and $160,000 for 8 sets of washers and dryers.
- Kanawha County, WV ($82MM) is spending over $5MM on outdoor classroom materials, outdoor classroom improvements, window replacements for better ventilation, and improvements to bathrooms and flooring.
- MSAD 53, Pittsfield, ME ($2.4MM) is spending on a family bathroom, outdoor bleachers, and improved cooling systems at the middle school, plus playground and bathroom upgrades.
- Danville Public Schools, VA ($29.7MM) is spending $8.9MM to renovate an existing school building to reduce overcrowding and free up space for in-person learning across the district.
- Albuquerque Public Schools, NM ($230MM) will be spending $4.9MM on water repiping and $6.8MM on window replacement.