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19% of districts plan in-person classes while 22% of districts offer online only
By: | October 22, 2020
Almost all of the districts surveyed require all administrators, teachers and staff to wear masks in schools, while 78% have the same rule for students. (GettyImages/RichLegg)Almost all of the districts surveyed require all administrators, teachers and staff to wear masks in schools, while 78% have the same rule for students. (GettyImages/RichLegg)

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.]