Going to the Source for COVID-19 Cases in Schools

NAESP and other education groups created a dashboard to track in real time COVID-19 cases in schools.

Topics: Pandemic Leadership

NAESP has joined AASA, the School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Brown University, and Qualtrics to create a first-of-its-kind dashboard to systematically map COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools. The National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard is the largest and most robust nationwide effort to collect data on how many students and staff have been infected, what mitigation strategies schools are using, and how school reopenings have fared.

The real-time dashboard aims to empower school leaders, policymakers, and the general public to examine current conditions in their own region, see comparisons, and then make data-driven teaching and learning decisions as they continue to navigate the 2020-2021 school year. The project collects schools’ baseline information, enrollment numbers, and follows the number of COVID-19 cases among staff and students. The following is the latest data from the dashboard.

  • Number of schools reporting: 5,123
  • Total enrollment of these schools: 2,747,703
  • Current in-person attendance: 1,467,590
  • Staff working in building: 383,225
  • Daily Case Rate Per 100,000 students: 5
  • Daily Case Rate Per 100,000 staff: 12
  • Students with confirmed cases: .076 percent
  • Staff with confirmed cases: .17 percent
  • Schools with staff wearing masks: 94 percent
  • Schools with students wearing masks: 92 percent
  • Schools following 6+ feet of distance: 58 percent
  • Schools where students stay in one classroom: 47 percent
  • Schools where staff were tested prior to first day of school: 5 percent

Take Action

You can take part in this anonymous survey, too. To protect privacy, any publicly posted data will be identified only at the county-level. In addition, once the effort kicks off, participating schools will be provided with feedback illustrating the situation in their school along with the ability to see comparisons to other schools. Learn more and enroll your school