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19% of districts plan in-person classes while 22% of districts offer online only

A database covering more than 80% of U.S. school districts is tracking reopening dates, learning models, sports participation and mask requirements, among other aspects of this COVID-disrupted year.

The database (see map below), which is updated daily and maintained by MCH Strategic Data, shows that, as of Oct. 22, 19% of districts that responded to a survey are planning in-person classes.

Some 22% of districts offer online-only, while half have gone hybrid.

Nearly three-quarters of the districts, which serve about 90% of U.S. students, have invested in more technology to support online learning, while just more than half have restarted sports programs.

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Almost all of the districts (94%) require administrators, teachers and staff to wear masks in schools, while 78% have the same rule for students.

Just a handful (7%), require only middle and/or high school students to wear face coverings.

Three-quarters of the districts allow parents to opt students out of in-person learning and just about the same number have created an on-campus isolation area for symptomatic students or staff.

[COVID-19 IMPACT: School Districts Status Updates for Fall 2020, current as of 10/22/2020, by MCH Strategic Data. Compiled from public federal, state, and local school districts information and media updates.]

Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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