District Responses to COVID-19 School Closures

More than 100,000 public schools across the country have closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are expected to remain closed for weeks, and in some cases, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This project will track how districts shift instruction, student support, and organizational operations. 

To create this database, we searched for as many district publicly posted plans as we could find via the Council of the Great City Schools, Chiefs for Change, and crowdsourced recommendations. (Please note that this is not a representative sample.) We currently present information for 82 districts, aiming for a range in size and geography, and serving nearly 9 million students.

We will update this database continuously, and will keep adding districts and metrics studied. This is a preliminary review of only publicly available information from district websites and media reports, which are changing hourly. It is not exhaustive, and district plans continue to evolve rapidly as we collect data.

We strive to provide information that is accurate, complete, and current, but we realize district plans are changing rapidly. If you have questions, or see information in our database that needs updating, please contact CRPE Editorial Director Travis Pillow, tpillow@uw.edu.

CRPE in the News

"Only about a third of the districts said they were working to deliver laptops or tablets to students. Only five said they were delivering mobile phones or wireless hot spots to students."
New York Times Editorial Board

"...to their credit, most schools’ first effort has been on safeguarding health."
Los Angeles Times Editorial Board

"The majority of school districts are treating remote offerings as optional 'supplemental,' 'enrichment' or 'review' material instead of for-credit class work."
Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

About CRPE

The Center on Reinventing Public Education is a nonpartisan research organization and part of the University of Washington Bothell. CRPE is one of the nation’s leading sources for transformative, evidence-based ideas to improve education and ensure all students are prepared for the future. Learn more about CRPE’s current research here.