This week the percent of students attending "virtual" schools dropped to under 25% on a national level. "Always Virtual" regions are returning their...
Week of 4/5: Where Hybrid Predominates
The percent of K-12 students attending traditional schools increased this week as both virtual and hybrid declined for the second straight week, driven by traditional transitions in grades 6-12. With over 30% of US students attending hybrid schools, this week we take a look at states where that format predominates.
% US K-12 students attending "traditional" in-person/every day" schools = 55.3% (from 53.1%)
% US K-12 students attending "hybrid" schools = 30.3% (from 30.6%)
The above percentages are set to Sunday, April 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, 14.4% of US K-12 students are currently attending schools that offer virtual-only plans, 55.3% offering traditional, etc.
- At the state level, Pennsylvania adjusted guidance to 3 feet, as did Kentucky the District of Columbia., and Virginia. plus Maryland. This media report out of Vermont says the state will adopt the new guidelines next week.
- At the local level, Norwalk, CT cited the 3 foot rule explicitly in their move from hybrid to traditional as did Toledo, OH schools, who announced their 'Green Light" traditional plan. Marshall, MI Public Schools. and Merced, CA schools also cited the new guidance . Bend-La Pine, OR schools announced their "All-In" Traditional learning plan in response to the new guidelines as well. San Juan Unified, CA will also be going traditional as a result of the new CDC guidelines. In Normal, IL they cite "2-5 foot" distancing and in their traditional transition and highlight higher likelihoods of quarantining due to the lower spacing
- In New York some districts are waiting on the state to endorse the guidelines before doing anything, including Pittsford, NY, Port Washington, NY and Lockport City, NY. Conversely, Auburn, NY schools are going to traditional after getting sign off from Cayuga County, NY Board of Health to switch to 3 feet.
4) With pockets of virtual-only learning dropping to some urban areas and big chunks of the West Coast, we wanted to focus on states with hybrid learning. As noted, the past two weeks have seen a small drop in hybrid learning nationally, but we are showing 30.3% of the US K-12 population - which would total approximately 15MM students - attending schools that offer that format. Below is the breakdown of states by percentage of K-12 students attending hybrid schools:
11.3%% attending virtual-only schools (from 13.3% last week)
24.8 % attending schools offering hybrid (from 24.5%)
63.9% attending schools offering traditional (from 62.2%)
Grades 6-8 Students
16% attending virtual-only schools (from 17.7% last week)
33.8% attending schools offering hybrid (from 34.8%)
50.2% attending schools offering traditional (from 47.5%)
High School Students
17.2 % attending virtual-only schools (from 19.2% last week)
36.2 % attending schools offering hybrid (from 36.9%)
46.6% attending schools offering traditional (from 43.9%)