We saw a 4.1% increase in the percentage of K-12 students attending traditional school this week as both virtual and hybrid continued to drop. The...
Week of 3/29: Year to Date Trends
This week represents the first time in our tracker that the percent of students attending virtual schools dropped in a given week and the percentage of students attending hybrid schools dropped as well, indicating a continued shift to traditional learning being offered by K-12 schools. Our data indicates it is the K-8 grade level that is driving that trend. We saw immediate reactions to the new CDC distancing guidelines, and this week we have a chart showing trends in learning plans over the course of this academic year.
% US K-12 students attending "traditional" in-person/every day" schools = 53.1% (from 51.2%)
% US K-12 students attending "hybrid" schools = 30.6% (from 30.7%)
The above percentages are set to Sunday, March 28th. 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, 16.3% of US K-12 students are currently attending schools that offer virtual-only plans, 53.1% offering traditional, etc.
- In heavily virtual states, Oregon adopted the 3 feet guidance in revised regulations, as did the state of California. the state of Washington plus Maryland and Washington, DC New Jersey also adjusted guidance. Maine released a statement saying the state has been using three feet all along, and that the new CDC guidance effectively "adopts Maine's long standing approach." It is worth noting that Maine schools are predominantly hybrid according to our audit of the state.
- Districts moving to traditional in-person explicitly mentioning the new guidelines include Grand Rapids (MI), which is moving from two days a week to four beginning April 12th, while in Maryland, Queen Anne's, MD will do so on April 22nd, Wicomico Schools in Salisbury, MD will do so on Monday, March 29th, and Washington County Public Schools will have all grades traditional by April 12th. Syracuse, NY public schools cites three foot guidance in their move to traditional. Yonkers, NY cites the new CDC guidelines in their transition to traditional and has this pointed quote, "Dr. Stephen Thomas, Chief of the Infectious Disease Branch at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York stated: 'It’s becoming a lot clearer that the risk for kids not being in school is much greater than people anticipated. Our kids are going to be paying the price for what COVID-19 has done to socialization and in-person learning long after this thing is no longer a pandemic.'”
- Some local jurisdictions need time to adjust. In New Albany, OR they are reviewing the rules and staying in hybrid. San Mateo, CA needs time to review. and Irvine Unified in CA will not change it's plans this year.
- Certain school districts announced or reconfirmed their decision to stay virtual, such as Santa Ana, CA,, while South San Francisco will keep middle and high school students virtual the rest of the year. Passaic, NJ announced plans to stay virtual all year. San Bernadino City Unified (CA) which had announced in the Fall they would stay virtual all year, reiterated that earlier this month, as has Kalamazoo, MI.
13.3%% attending virtual-only schools (from 13.7% last week)
24.5 % attending schools offering hybrid (from 25.5%)
62.2% attending schools offering traditional (from 60.8%)
Grades 6-8 Students
17.7% attending virtual-only schools (from 19.5% last week)
34.8% attending schools offering hybrid (from 35.4%)
47.5% attending schools offering traditional (from 45.1%)
High School Students
19.2 % attending virtual-only schools (from 23.2% last week)
36.9 % attending schools offering hybrid (from 35%)
43.9 % attending schools offering traditional (from 41.8%)