https://www.crpe.org/sites/default/files/final_rep_sample_brief_march_2021.pdf

School Reopening Trends Offer Districts the Opportunity to Start Planning Beyond the Pandemic

March 2021

The latest analysis of school district learning models from March 1 to March 13 finds that a clear majority of the nation’s school districts report offering full-time in-person learning.

Since March 2020, CRPE has tracked remote learning trends in school districts across the country with our nationally representative sample of 477 school districts. In this brief, we look at each school district’s current operating model, and district announcements on future reopening plans for any grade levels.

Our analysis finds that:

  • Only 10.7 percent of all districts are still fully remote. A clear majority—57 percent—of the nation’s school districts report offering full-time in-person learning.
  • Over 50 percent of urban districts have expanded their offerings for at least some in-person learning since our analysis in December, yet these districts still lag behind in offering full-time in-person learning, with 32 percent still remote.
  • In-person opportunities have increased across all grade levels, but middle and high school grades are still less likely to offer in-person opportunities.
  • Of the districts that are not yet offering full-time in-person learning, 30 percent have announced phase-in plans over the next two months.