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School Districts' Reopening Plans: A Snapshot

The nation’s education leaders are making high-stakes decisions about how to reopen schools this fall as the coronavirus pandemic rages on—many of them under tremendous, competing pressures.

Education Week is tracking and sharing reopening plans of a sample of school districts across the country. As of September 17, 74% of the 100 largest school districts, have chosen remote learning only as their back-to-school instructional model, affecting over 9 million students. There are over 50 million public school students in the United States.

With more than 13,000 public school systems in the United States, this working list is far from comprehensive. Our data is meant to provide a broad snapshot of how districts will begin the 2020-21 school year and does not track changes after a district's first day of classes. Currently, the dataset includes:

  • Over 900 districts
  • The 100 largest districts in the U.S., including Puerto Rico
  • The largest district in each state
  • At least 5 districts from each state (exceptions are Hawaii, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico)

Because the situation is rapidly evolving and some districts have already made major adjustments to reopening plans, we are providing the date that we last verified reopening information. These plans are subject to change in any district, at any time, depending on the trajectory of the virus and health recommendations from state and local authorities.

As we track these reopening scenarios, we invite you to share your district’s plans if you can provide a link to the district’s announcement. You can email information to [email protected].

Looking for state-level information? Education Week is tracking state-level openings and closures due to COVID-19 here: Map: Where Has COVID-19 Closed Schools? Where Are They Open?

Download This District Reopening Data

Downloadable data will be updated once a week.

Data file last updated: Sept. 18, 2020 1 pm ET

Click Here to Download the Data

Data Note/Methodology

  • District reopening plans are subject to change based on board approvals and state actions.
  • Key/definitions of reopening plan types:
    • Remote learning only—no in-person instruction. May include exceptions for special populations of students.
    • Hybrid/Partial—limited, in-person reopening. Examples include less than 5x/week in-person attendance, or having some grades/levels remote and others in-person.
    • Full in-person available for all students—full-time, in-person instruction is either the return to school model or an option for all students.
    • Undecided
  • Reopening date – date listed in district announcement, news report, or district calendar.
  • This data includes public school districts only.

Contact Information

For media or research inquiries about this table and data, contact [email protected]. To contribute data or information, use the comments below.

How to Cite This Page

School Districts’ Reopening Plans: A Snapshot (2020, July 15). Education Week. Retrieved Month Day, Year from https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/school-districts-reopening-plans-a-snapshot.html


Data Compilation/Reporting: Hannah Farrow, Holly Peele, Maya Riser-Kositsky, and Gabrielle Wanneh

Design/Visualization: Emma Patti Harris

Web Production: Hyon-Young Kim

Editor: Lesli Maxwell

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