School closings tracker: Where districts are shutting down again due to COVID-19 outbreaks

Fewer schools are closing this fall after a rough start to the school year
By: | October 18, 2021
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Just like during the initial COVID outbreak in March 2020, schools across the country are shutting down as infection rates surge in their classrooms and communities.

The perfect storm of the delta variant, low vaccination rates in parts of the country, and political resistance to universal masking sent tens of thousands of students and staff members into isolation and quarantine as schools in the south open in August without mask mandates.

The good news is many of those closures have been temporary, and those schools and districts have reopened after a week or two, may with mask mandates in place.


MAP: Districts’ operational status across the U.S.


By October, closures were shifting toward the upper Midwest and West where schools opened later among COVID spikes occurred in states such as Michigan and Idaho.

NEW YORK: Robert J. Kaiser Middle School in the Monticello Central School District has switched to remote instruction through Oct. 25.

Dozens of classrooms across the city have been closed temporarily, according to a New York City schools map.

WISCONSIN: Maple Tree School in Milwaukee Public Schools has moved to virtual learning until Oct. 20.