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Week of 5/10: Cities and the Transition to Traditional
As the year comes to a close there are very few transitions - from virtual to in-person, or from hybrid to traditional - left to be made, so the shifts were much smaller. This week we take a look at Washington DC as a case study of an urban district with announced plans to offer traditional next Fall, trends in summer school, and districts where middle and high school will stay virtual this entire academic year.
% US K-12 students attending "traditional" in-person/every day" schools = 67.9% (from 67.1%)
% US K-12 students attending "hybrid" schools = 29.3% (from 29.6%)
The above percentages are set to Sunday, May 9th. 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, 2.8% of US K-12 students are currently attending schools that offer virtual-only plans, 67.9% offering traditional, etc.
- Inglewood, CA is keeping grades 3-12 virtual.
- South San Francisco, CA, is keeping middle and high school virtual.
- Milwaukee, WI will keep grades 9-11 virtual.
- In Oakland, CA only "priority students" will return in grade 7-12 and those will be in-person for two hours a day, two days a week.
- In Philadelphia, PA the general student population is staying virtual for grades 10-12.
- In Reading, PA they report "most students in grades 9-12 will continue in Full Remote Learning mode. However, they will have the opportunity to meet with their teachers in-person, by appointment, on a case-by-case basis."
- In Portsmouth, VA, grades 7-12 will remain virtual for the year.
- Camden, NJ is still deciding if high school students will return in-person, as are a handful of other districts in our audit group.
- In Columbus, OH's announcement of traditional in-person for next year they announce plans for a K-12 virtual academy with a space limitation of 2,000 students.
- St Louis, MO is offering a virtual academy for grades K-6. Older grades would use the state-level Missouri Course Access Program.
- Henrico, VA is launching Henrico Virtual Academy, a K-12 virtual school, next year.
- Garden Grove, CA is offering a Virtual Learning Academy and notes 'space is limited and . . . an interview process may be implemented.'
- In Texas all plans for virtual appear to be contingent on action from the Texas State legislature. In Frisco, TX they will offer a 3-12 virtual academy as will Killeen, TX. The Pasadena, TX Remote Learning Academy will offer virtual to grades K-12.
- Last month Washington DC Mayor Bowser announced that next Fall "all public schools will be fully open for in-person learning five days a week with all educators back in the classroom" and described plans for "limited-time virtual learning in case the need comes up."
- The announcement on the District website has a muted reference to virtual and a reference to a "long runway to thoughtfully plan for next school year" which starts August 30th.
- In this NPR piece the head of the teacher's union endorses in-person learning while saying the district should still offer virtual learning to students with health concerns. The article also notes that in Washington DC just 30% of students are currently attending at least one day a week of in-person learning during the current Term 4.
- In this Washington Post piece about Term 4, the final part of the academic year, the DC Superintendent is quoted as saying that "more than 80 percent of schools are meeting their families interest for in-person learning." In both the Post and NPR articles there is considerable discussion around disparities in the levels of interest in in-person learning across the district.
- This district document provides a readable and detailed overview of the school by school plan in place for recently completed Term 3. Note the wide variety, and at times spare, in-person learning plans in place.
4) Burbio tracks summer school offerings in the top 200 districts nationally. Just over 70% of districts have announced plans, with over one-third of announced districts having significantly expanded plans versus 2020.
2% attending virtual-only schools (from 2.2% last week)
23.5% attending schools offering hybrid (from 24.1%)
74.5% attending schools offering traditional (from 73.7%)
Grades 6-8 Students
3.3% attending virtual-only schools (from 4.0% last week)
31.4% attending schools offering hybrid (from 31.6%)
65.3% attending schools offering traditional (from 64.4%)
High School Students
3.5% attending virtual-only schools (from 4.3% last week)
36.4 % attending schools offering hybrid (from 36.3%)