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DATA: 2020-21 State Dashboards on COVID-19 in Schools and Instructional Models

November 17, 2020 | Updated: June 08, 2022 1 min read
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At the start of the 2020-21 school year, it was extremely difficult, if not impossible, to answer two essential questions:

  • How many kids are going to school in-person? and
  • How many cases of COVID-19 are linked to K-12 schools?

Many of the over 13,000 school districts were offering multiple types of instruction. The numbers of COVID-19 cases related to a school could be difficult to determine. And there was no comprehensive, national data collection that could give us absolute clarity and accuracy.

To help readers easily find publicly reported data that could shed light on these two questions, we reached out to state education departments and looked through state websites to see if they had dashboards showing the breakdown of instructional models being used by their school districts. And we looked to see if states were reporting on COVID-19 cases in their schools.

We took what we found and created a searchable table.

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Sources: State education and health department websites and public information officials
Reporting: Holly Peele
Design/Visualization: Emma Patti Harris
Web Production: Mike Bock

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