K-12 schools data in the U.S.

Here are the major data sources for COVID-19 in United States K-12 schools. We’ve included annotations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as four national dashboards compiled by independent researchers. The federal government is not yet reporting data on COVID-19 in schools.

The page is split into two tables: national sources and state sources. Click the green + icon to see detailed annotations on each source.

This resource will be updated every other week. The most recent update was January 16, 2021.

National K-12 school dashboards

Independent research efforts tracking COVID-19 in K-12 schools.
NameLinkGeographies availableMetrics availableUpdate scheduleTime seriesNotesAnnotations last updated
Edunomis Lab: District Budget Decisions & Labor Implicationshttps://edunomicslab.org/district-budget-decisions-labor-implications/DistrictDistrict enrollment, district action under consideration/taken, district action categoryDailyNoneEdunomics Lab at Georgetown University has compiled a database of choices school districts are making about how to change their budgets and hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. District choices are categorized as budget trimming, salary reductions, benefits adjustment, furloughs, and layoffs.1/1 16:08
K-12 school closures, quarantines, and/or deathshttps://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=00a2d3fbe4184e75b06f392fc66dca13SchoolDistrict, school, city, media source, confirmed cases (broken out by students and staff where available), quarantines (students and staff), deaths (students and staff)Daily (except for holidays)NoneGrew out of the independent efforts of Alisha Morris, a theater teacher in Kansas who started compiling news reports on instances of COVID-19 causing schools to stall or alter reopening plans. The National Education Association now runs this dataset; it compiles reports from local news outlets and from concerned students, parents, and teachers who may report outbreaks on the site. The NEA also reviews reports to flag dangerous school conditions and alert legal stakeholders to potential violations. You can also explore the dataset through a Tableau dashboard created by one volunteer. https://public.tableau.com/profile/jon.w1876?fbclid=IwAR2cW3O_WiyP4QR8dyyaJ0M4RmxhWTTY_VbJYvr4KDqRhlhD0fmvhpYePfk#!/vizhome/COVID-19USSchools/Dashboard11/1 16:14
The COVID Monitor: COVID-19 Reporting in K-12 schoolshttps://experience.arcgis.com/experience/fb52d598982f41faac714b5ebe32e7d1?data_id=dataSource_5-USA_COVID_Websites_for_States%3A5DistrictCumulative cases (broken out by students and staff where available); more data available on the open data portalUnclear (last updated Dec. 5)Available on the open data portal: https://schoolmonitor-covidaction.opendata.arcgis.com/FinMango, a global nonprofit which has pivoted to help COVID-19 researchers, has partnered with Florida COVID Action, a data project led by whistleblower Rebekah Jones, to track COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools. The project, called the COVID Monitor, started compiling reports from media and members of the public in July. It now relies on a combination of public reporting (from states, counties, individual school districts, etc.) and volunteer submissions. This project focuses on highlighting cumulative case numbers, which are the focal point of the dashboard. Rebekah Jones has also used these data in analysis and advocacy, pushing for schools to remain closed; see: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-12-02/shut-them-down-why-schools-might-not-be-safe-during-covid-191/1 16:30
COVID-19 School Response Dashboard by Emily Oster et al.https://statsiq.co1.qualtrics.com/public-dashboard/v0/dashboard/5f78e5d4de521a001036f78e#/dashboard/5f78e5d4de521a001036f78e?pageId=Page_c0595a5e-9e70-4df2-ab0c-14860e84d36aEntire stateStudent enrollment (total and in-person), total staff, student infection rate, staff infection rate, community infection rates, school mitigation strategiesSurveys conducted every 2-3 weeksData available on the dashboard for 2-week survey periods ranging back to Aug. 31; downloads not availableEmily Oster, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Brown University, collaborated with software company Qualtrics and several national education associations to build a COVID-19 school dashboard which focuses on case rates, not counts. Data are collected through direct surveys of individual schools and districts; while data are more complete for these schools, the dataset suffers from selection bias (as schools must opt in). For more methodology information, see this doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XZOgvJbMoeiEXXT5wFfBzwPBQCarnZP-3jtqabSpIX8/edit
Read my Oct. 4 interview with Oster: https://coviddatadispatch.substack.com/p/school-data-with-denominators
Oster has become a popular source for expertise on COVID-19 in schools, and has used her data to advocate for widespread school opening. She's faced criticism for her methodology and for speaking outside her area of expertise: https://prospect.org/api/amp/coronavirus/why-reopening-schools-has-become-the-most-fraught-debate-of-the-pandemic/
1/1 16:43

State data availability

As of January 16, 2021:

  • 35 states and the District of Columbia are reporting COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools, in some form
  • 7 states are reporting incomplete data on school outbreaks or cases in school-aged children
  • 21 states are separating out school case counts by students and staff
  • 4 states are reporting deaths linked to school outbreaks
  • 1 state is reporting COVID-19 tests conducted for school students and staff (New York)
  • 3 states are reporting in-person enrollment (Delaware, New York, and Texas)

State K-12 school data sources

Annotations on how every state and D.C. is (or isn't) tracking COVID-19 in K-12 schools.
StateReporting school data?LinkNavigation notesGeographies availableMetrics availableSeparating out cases by students/staff?Update scheduleOther notesAnnotations last updated
AlabamaYeshttps://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/c6909b3820ae4047b0317fa00abc46fcDistrictRecent & cumulative casesNoWeeklyCumulative case numbers aren't given precisely, just shown with dashboard shading. Districts reporting 1-4 cases in a week are shown as "<5" to protect individual privacy.1/16 15:23
AlaskaNo1/16 22:34
ArizonaYeshttps://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.phpClick "Congregate settings with positive COVID-19 cases"Entire stateCumulative casesNoDailyOnly total cases in AZ schools are reported.1/16 15:26
ArkansasYeshttps://achi.net/covid19/The dashboard includes general case data by school district; the Weekly Snapshot reports specify active cases among school students/staff.DistrictRecent casesNoWeeklyActive cases are reported in colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools.1/16 15:40
CaliforniaNo1/16 22:34
ColoradoYeshttps://covid19.colorado.gov/covid19-outbreak-dataYou have to command F their spreadsheet to find school data as the report tracks outbreaks in generalSchoolCumulative cases, deathsYesWeeklyK-12 schools are included in weekly "outbreak reports." Both "active" and "resolved" outbreaks are reported. For staff vs student cases it's staff vs resident designation1/16 0:00
ConnecticutYeshttps://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-in-PK-12-Public-and-Private-Schools/mpdc-p8wg/SchoolRecent & cumulative casesNoWeeklyCumulative data for the state are split by student/staff, but data for individual districts are not. For historical data going back to October, see the downloadable dataset: https://data.ct.gov/Health-and-Human-Services/COVID-19-Cases-in-CT-Schools-By-School-/u8jq-fxc21/16 15:44
District of ColumbiaYeshttps://coronavirus.dc.gov/dataSee "DC Public Schools Data," linked near the top under "Other Data"DistrictCumulative casesYesOtherUpdated 4-5 times per week, on days that school is in session. While recent case numbers are not reported, the numbers of students and staff currently in quarantine are reported.1/16 21:14
DelawareYeshttps://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state/in-person-contagiousNew dashboard!DistrictRecent & cumulative cases, in-person enrollmentYesWeeklyNew dashboard as of 1/5/211/16 21:18
FloridaYeshttps://floridahealthcovid19.gov/Click "See the Report" next to "School Report for Florida"SchoolRecent & cumulative casesYesWeeklyReport includes counts of cases which do/don't demonstrate symptoms.1/16 21:19
GeorgiaSomewhathttps://dph.georgia.gov/school-aged-covid-19-surveillance-dataWeekly reportsCountyCases in school-aged childrenNoWeeklyGeorgia reports cases in school-aged children, but does not report specific cases in schools.1/16 21:24
HawaiiYeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/COVID-19-Information-Updates.aspxScroll to the bottom of the page for case data.DistrictRecent & cumulative casesYesWeeklyCase report includes checkmarks to indicate if the Hawaii DOE has notified the community and/or implemented cleaning for each new case.1/16 21:25
IdahoYeshttps://coronavirus.idaho.gov/resources-for-schools/See Weekly School Data ReportsSchoolRecent & cumulative casesNoWeeklyCases are included for the past four weeks + cumulative. Data are excluded for schools with less than 50 students enrolled or without enrollment info; but enrollment info is not provided.1/16 21:27
IllinoisYeshttps://dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Adams"Youth cases" reported by school district. Click "Metrics for School Determination of Community Spread" to see the value.DistrictRecent casesNoWeekly1/16 22:35
IndianaYeshttps://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htmClick "School." Click on a specific school on the dashboard to see case counts.SchoolRecent & cumulative casesYesWeeklyCase numbers under 5 are suppressed for privacy. Indiana reports race and ethnicity data for school cases.1/16 21:32
IowaSomewhathttps://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/percent-school-district-positive-analysisDistrictTest positivityNoDailyIowa reports test positivity by school district, but does not report specific cases/tests in schools.1/16 21:34
KansasYeshttps://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-KansasClick "Cluster Summary"Entire stateCumulative cases, deaths, hospitalizationsNoWeeklyKansas "clusters" include all cases in school outbreaks and case counts for specific K-12 schools and higher ed institutions associated with recent outbreaks.1/16 21:35
KentuckyYeshttps://public.tableau.com/profile/chfs.dph#!/vizhome/COVID19SchoolSelfReportngData/SchoolSelfReportCovid19DBUse filters to choose a reporting level and county/district/school.SchoolRecent & cumulative casesYesDailyCase reporting includes today, current week, last week, and cumulative.1/16 21:38
LouisianaYeshttps://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3997See links under "K-12 Schools Reporting"CountyRecent & cumulative casesYesWeeklyCases include individuals who have had positive PCR and antigen tests.1/16 21:39
MaineYeshttps://public.tableau.com/profile/maine.cdc.covid.19.response#!/vizhome/COVID-19casesbyschool/maine-covid-19-cases-by-school?publish=yesSchoolRecent casesNoOtherUpdated twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cases for the past 30 days are reported, and schools with more than 3 cases in 14 days which are epidemiologically linked are classified as having an "open outbreak." Cases include individuals who have had positive PCR and antigen tests. Case numbers below 5 are suppressed for privacy.1/16 21:41
MarylandYeshttps://coronavirus.maryland.gov/datasets/md-covid19-schooloutbreaks/data?selectedAttribute=CountyReportSchoolCumulative casesNoWeeklyDifferent schools have different report dates, but all are within the past week.1/16 21:43
MassachusettsYeshttps://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/positive-cases/Weekly reports are posted in the form of MS Excel spreadsheets; see different tabs of the spreadsheet for state totals, districts, and other school typesDistrictRecent casesYesWeeklyCases reported for the past week only. Estimated total enrollment was included in the fall, and will be available again once 2020-21 enrollment figures are certified by districts, according to MA.1/16 21:45
MichiganYeshttps://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98163_98173_102480---,00.htmlSchoolCumulative casesNoWeeklySchools that have had outbreaks are listed, with total cases or cases in the past 28 days (depending on the school). Outbreaks are labeled as "Staff, students, or both?" but the case counts are not broken out as such.1/16 21:46
MinnesotaSomewhathttps://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html#k121Scroll down to "Facilities with Cases & Exposures" and click "Cases in Pre-K through Grade 12 School Buildings, by County"SchoolSchools with outbreaksNoWeeklyMN reports a list of schools which have had 5 or more confirmed cases during the past two weeks. Actual case numbers are not reported. Also, a singular past MN report listed cumulative cases in the state as of October 1: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/stats/covidweekly40sa.pdf1/16 21:49
MississippiYeshttps://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420,972.htmlWeekly reports posted as PDFs.SchoolRecent & cumulative casesYesWeeklyCase numbers between 1-5 are suppressed to protect privacy. Report includes total students and teachers/staff quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure in the past week.1/16 21:50
MissouriSomewhathttps://showmestrong.mo.gov/public-health-school-districts/DistrictCases in school-aged childrenNoWeeklyCase counts include all cases among school-aged residents of the district, regardless of whether they're enrolled in school. Cases are split by age (5-9, 10-14, 15-19). Case numbers between 1-10 are suppressed to protect privacy.1/16 21:52
MontanaYeshttps://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt/demographicsClick "COVID-19 in Montana Schools"SchoolCumulative casesYesWeeklyReport includes a Y/N field indicating whether schools have reported cases in the last 14 days, but the specific recent case numbers are not included.1/16 21:53
NebraskaNo1/16 21:55
NevadaNoNevada's outbreak dashboard reports a count of cases in childcare facilities, but not schools.1/16 21:55
New HampshireYeshttps://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/schools.htmSchoolRecent & cumulative casesNoDailyCases for each school are split into "active" and "recovered." A map of the state shows each district's current model (in-person, remote, etc).1/16 21:58
New JerseyYeshttps://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtmlClick "Schools" tabCountyCumulative casesNoOtherConfirmed school outbreaks and total cases are listed for each county. Reporting frequency is not clearly labeled.1/16 21:59
New MexicoNo1/16 22:00
New YorkYeshttps://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/homeSchoolRecent & cumulative cases, tests, test positivity, in-person enrollmentYesDailyIn addition to the total number of tests administered, NY reports the test type and lab name for each school. Test turnaround times are also reported for some schools.1/16 22:01
North CarolinaSomewhathttps://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/outbreaks-and-clustersSee "COVID-19 Ongoing Clusters in Child Care and School Settings Report"SchoolCumulative cases, deathsYesOtherUpdated twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Reports only include schools and childcare facilities with "ongoing clusters" and "outbreaks," not all schools in the state.1/16 22:00
North DakotaYeshttps://www.health.nd.gov/k-12-school-dashboardEntire stateCumulative casesYesDailyNorth Dakota's school dashboard had been temporarily down since early December but it's back up (as of at least 1/15!)1/16 22:06
OhioYeshttps://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/schools-and-children/schools/schoolsSchoolRecent & cumulative casesYesWeekly1/16 22:07
OklahomaNo1/16 22:10
OregonYeshttps://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19See "Weekly Outbreak Report," starting on p. 51 ("Kindergarten-12th Grade School Report")SchoolCumulative casesYesWeeklySchools are divided into those with "recent cases" and those with "resolved cases" (past outbreaks). For each school, the date of the most recent case is included.1/16 22:12
PennsylvaniaNo1/16 22:32
Rhode IslandYeshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c2QrNMz8pIbYEKzMJL7Uh2dtThOJa2j1sSMwiDo5Gz4/edit#gid=594871904See "Cases by School and Learning Style" tabSchoolRecent & cumulative casesYesWeeklyCase numbers under 5 are suppressed for privacy. Schools are split according to learning style (in-person and hybrid vs. remote).1/16 22:14
South CarolinaYeshttps://scdhec.gov/covid19/resources-community-covid-19/covid-19-cases-associated-staff-studentsSchoolRecent & cumulative casesYesOtherUpdated twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Cumulative cases and cases in the past 30 days are reported for each school. Case numbers under 5 are suppressed for privacy.1/16 22:16
South DakotaYeshttps://doh.sd.gov/documents/COVID19/School-College_COVID_cases.pdfEntire stateRecent & cumulative casesYesWeeklyTotal cases by week are reported for K-12 schools and higher ed institutions.1/16 22:18
TennesseeYeshttps://districtinformation.tnedu.gov/covid-information/map-viewRight-click on the map and select "show as table" to see all dataSchoolRecent casesYesWeeklySchools with fewer than 50 students are not included in the dataset. Case numbers under 5 are suppressed for privacy. Operating models (in-person, hybrid, remote) are available for each district.1/16 22:20
TexasYeshttps://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/schools/texas-education-agency/See "Local Education Agency report for week ending..." for downloadable files with school-level data.SchoolRecent & cumulative cases, in-person enrollmentYesWeeklyTotal enrollment and on-campus enrollment included for each school as of October 30. Sources of infection (on-campus vs. off-campus) are also reported.1/16 22:22
UtahYeshttps://coronavirus-dashboard.utah.gov/#schoolsDistrictRecent & cumulative casesNoWeeklyTotal cases in students and teachers are reported, but this breakdown isn't available at the district level. Active cases are defined as cases reported in the past two weeks. Case numbers under 5 are suppressed for privacy.1/16 22:24
VermontYeshttps://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/COVID19-Transmission-Schools.pdfSchoolRecent & cumulative casesNoOtherUpdated twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Schools with under 25 students are reported in a single "total for all suppressed schools" count.1/16 22:25
VirginiaYeshttps://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia-outbreaks/CountyRecent & cumulative cases, deathsNoDailyK-12 schools are included in VA's outbreak report; cumulative and weekly case counts are included going back to March. Cases may be sorted by local health district using the dropdown menu at the top of the dashboard.1/16 22:26
WashingtonSomewhathttps://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/DataDashboard#tablesClick "Statewide COVID-19 Outbreak Report"Entire stateSchools with outbreaksNoWeeklyWA reports the number of outbreaks in K-12 schools and higher ed institutions; actual case numbers are not reported.1/16 22:27
West VirginiaYeshttps://wvde.us/schooloutbreaks/SchoolCumulative casesNoOtherUpdated "as data are made available." Case counts are only reported for schools with outbreaks, defined as "two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among students/staff from separate households within a 14-day period in a single classroom or core group."1/16 22:29
WisconsinSomewhathttps://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/investigations.htmCountyCounties with school outbreaksNoWeeklyWI reports a list of counties where "facility-wide COVID-19 public health investigations" have been conducted in educational facilities. Actual case numbers are not reported.1/16 22:31
WyomingNo1/16 22:31

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