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 on a row to see detailed annotations on that source.
This resource will be updated monthly. The most recent update was July 10, 2021.
National K-12 school dashboardsIndependent research efforts tracking COVID-19 in K-12 schools.
|Name||Link||Geographies available||Metrics available||Update schedule||Time series||Notes||Annotations last updated|
|Edunomis Lab: District Budget Decisions & Labor Implications||https://edunomicslab.org/district-budget-decisions-labor-implications/||District||District enrollment, district action under consideration/taken, district action category||Daily||None||Edunomics 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.||2021-05-01|
|K-12 school closures, quarantines, and/or deaths||https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=00a2d3fbe4184e75b06f392fc66dca13||School||District, 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)||None||Grew 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/Dashboard1||2021-05-01||down 🙁|
|The COVID Monitor: COVID-19 Reporting in K-12 schools||https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/fb52d598982f41faac714b5ebe32e7d1?data_id=dataSource_5-USA_COVID_Websites_for_States%3A5||District||Cumulative cases (broken out by students and staff where available); more data available on the open data portal||Unclear (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-19||2021-05-01||decommissioned march 1|
|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-14860e84d36a||Entire state||Student enrollment (total and in-person), total staff, student infection rate, staff infection rate, community infection rates, school mitigation strategies||Surveys conducted every 2-3 weeks||Data available on the dashboard for 2-week survey periods ranging back to Aug. 31; downloads not available||Emily 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/
|2021-05-01||decommissioned march 28|
State data availability
As of July 10, 2021:
- 31 states and the District of Columbia are reporting COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools, in some form*
- 8 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
- 5 states are reporting deaths linked to school outbreaks
- 1 state is reporting COVID-19 tests conducted for school students and staff (New York)
- 2 states are reporting in-person enrollment (New York and Texas)
*A number of states have paused (or appear to have paused) reporting for the summer, but will resume in the fall.
State K-12 school data sourcesAnnotations on how every state and D.C. is (or isn't) tracking COVID-19 in K-12 schools.
|State||Reporting school data?||Link||Navigation notes||Geographies available||Metrics available||Separating out cases by students/staff?||Update schedule||Other notes||Annotations last updated|
|Alabama||Yes||https://alpublichealth.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/c6909b3820ae4047b0317fa00abc46fc||District||Recent & cumulative cases||No||Weekly||Cumulative 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. Dashboard not updating during the summer.||7/10 0:00|
|Arizona||Yes||https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.php||Click "Congregate settings with positive COVID-19 cases"||Entire state||Cumulative cases||No||Daily||Only total cases in AZ schools are reported.||7/10/2021|
|Arkansas||No||https://achi.net/covid19/||The dashboard included general case data by school district; the Weekly Snapshot reports specify active cases among school students/staff.||No||In late April/early May, Arkansas stopped updating school data with the note: "Due to substantially reduced statewide testing rates over the past several weeks, we are unable to accurately determine current COVID-19 infection rates within communities, school districts, and ZIP codes. To avoid misrepresenting infection risk, ACHI will discontinue reporting local level data."||7/10/2021|
|California||No||Data on district opening status available at https://schools.covid19.ca.gov/||7/10/2021|
|Colorado||Yes||https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid19-outbreak-data||You have to command F their spreadsheet to find school data as the report tracks outbreaks in general||School||Cumulative cases, deaths||Yes||Weekly||K-12 schools are included in weekly "outbreak reports." Both "active" and "resolved" outbreaks are reported. For staff vs student cases, see staff vs resident designation.||7/10/2021|
|Connecticut||Yes||https://data.ct.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-in-PK-12-Public-and-Private-Schools/mpdc-p8wg/||School||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Cumulative data for the state are split by student/staff, but data for individual districts are not. School-based surveillance activities are paused for the summer as of June 24. 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-fxc2||7/10/2021|
|District of Columbia||Yes||https://coronavirus.dc.gov/data||See "K-12 Schools Data"||School||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Other||Updated 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.||7/10/2021|
|Delaware||No||https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state/in-person-contagious||District||Recent & cumulative cases||No||Weekly||Dashboard is down, note reads: "Due to summer vacation, June 23, 2021 was the last date that this dashboard was updated. It was therefore removed on June 30, 2021."||7/10/2021|
|Florida||No||https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/||No||Florida switched to a single weekly report with no school data in early June: https://coviddatadispatch.com/2021/06/06/covid-source-callout-floridas-schedule-change/||7/10/2021|
|Georgia||Somewhat||https://dph.georgia.gov/school-aged-covid-19-surveillance-data||Weekly reports||County||Cases in school-aged children||No||Weekly||Georgia reports cases in school-aged children, but does not report specific cases in schools.||7/10/2021|
|Hawaii||Yes||http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/COVID-19-Information-Updates.aspx||Scroll to the bottom of the page for case data.||District||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Case report includes checkmarks to indicate if the Hawaii DOE has notified the community and/or implemented cleaning for each new case.||7/10/2021|
|Idaho||Yes||https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/resources-for-schools/||See Weekly School Data Reports||School||Recent & cumulative cases||No||Weekly||Cases 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. Reports paused for the summer on June 7.||7/10/2021|
|Illinois||Yes||https://dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Adams||"Youth cases" reported by school district. Click "Metrics for School Determination of Community Spread" to see the value.||County||Recent cases, deaths, hospitalizations, test positivity||No||Weekly||7/10/2021|
|Indiana||Yes||https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm||Click "School." Click on a specific school on the dashboard to see case counts.||School||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Case numbers under 5 are suppressed for privacy. Indiana reports race and ethnicity data for school cases.||7/10/2021|
|Iowa||No||https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/percent-school-district-positive-analysis||Test positivity||Iowa used to report test positivity by school district (not specific cases/tests in schools.) This page is down as of Feb. 20.||7/10/2021|
|Kansas||Yes||https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-Kansas||Click "Cluster Summary"||Entire state||Cumulative cases, deaths, hospitalizations||No||Weekly||Kansas "clusters" include all cases in school outbreaks and case counts for specific K-12 schools and higher ed institutions associated with recent outbreaks.||7/10/2021|
|Kentucky||Yes||https://public.tableau.com/profile/chfs.dph#!/vizhome/COVID19SchoolSelfReportngData/SchoolSelfReportCovid19DB||Use filters to choose a reporting level and county/district/school.||School||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Daily||Case reporting includes today, current week, last week, and cumulative. Dashboard was down on July 10, possibly due to summer break.||7/10/2021|
|Louisiana||Yes||https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/3997||See links under "K-12 Schools Reporting"||County||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Cases include individuals who have had positive PCR and antigen tests. Reporting paused for the summer on June 9.||7/10/2021|
|Maine||Yes||https://public.tableau.com/profile/maine.cdc.covid.19.response#!/vizhome/COVID-19casesbyschool/maine-covid-19-cases-by-school?publish=yes||School||Other cases||No||Weekly||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.||7/10/2021|
|Maryland||Yes||https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/datasets/md-covid19-schooloutbreaks/data?selectedAttribute=CountyReport||School||Cumulative cases||No||Weekly||Different schools have different report dates, but all are within a week of one another.||7/10/2021|
|Massachusetts||Yes||https://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 types||District||Recent cases||Yes||Weekly||Cases 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. State appears to be on a summer reporting pause as of July 10.||7/10/2021|
|Michigan||Somewhat||https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98163_98173_102480---,00.html||School||Cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Schools 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.||7/10/2021|
|Minnesota||Somewhat||https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/situation.html#k121||Scroll down to "Facilities with Cases & Exposures" and click "Cases in Pre-K through Grade 12 School Buildings, by County"||School||Schools with outbreaks||No||Weekly||MN 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.pdf||7/10/2021|
|Mississippi||Yes||https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420,972.html||Weekly reports posted as PDFs.||School||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Case 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. Reporting is on a summer break as of July 10.||7/10/2021|
|Missouri||Somewhat||https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/data/public-health/||Click "School Districts"||District||Cases in school-aged children||No||Weekly||Case 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.||7/10/2021|
|Montana||Yes||https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt/demographics||Click "COVID-19 in Montana Schools"||School||Cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Report 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. Reporting appears to be on a summer break as of July 10.||7/10/2021|
|Nevada||No||Nevada's outbreak dashboard reports a count of cases in childcare facilities, but not schools.||7/10/2021|
|New Hampshire||Yes||https://www.nh.gov/covid19/dashboard/schools.htm||"Interactive dashboards" --> "Schools"||School||Recent & cumulative cases, test positivity||No||Daily||Cases for each school are split into "active" and "recovered." A map of the state shows each district's current model (in-person, remote, etc).||7/10/2021|
|New Jersey||Yes||https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_dashboard.shtml||Click "Schools" tab||County||Cumulative cases||No||Other||Confirmed school outbreaks and total cases are listed for each county. Reporting frequency is not clearly labeled.||7/10/2021|
|New York||Yes||https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home||School||Recent & cumulative cases, tests, test positivity, in-person enrollment||Yes||Daily||In 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.||7/10/2021|
|North Carolina||Somewhat||https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/outbreaks-and-clusters||See "COVID-19 Ongoing Clusters in Child Care and School Settings Report"||School||Cumulative cases, deaths||Yes||Weekly||Reports only include schools and childcare facilities with "ongoing clusters" and "outbreaks," not all schools in the state.||7/10/2021|
|North Dakota||Yes||https://www.health.nd.gov/k-12-school-dashboard||School||Recent & cumulative cases, in-person enrollment||Yes||Daily||North Dakota reports enrollment but don't specify if it's in-person or not. Reporting appears to be on summer break as of July 10.||7/10/2021|
|Ohio||Yes||https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/schools-and-children/schools/schools||School||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||7/10/2021|
|Oregon||Yes||https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19||See "Weekly Outbreak Report," then search within for "Kindergarten-12th Grade School Report"||School||Cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Schools 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.||7/10/2021|
|Rhode Island||Yes||https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1c2QrNMz8pIbYEKzMJL7Uh2dtThOJa2j1sSMwiDo5Gz4/edit#gid=594871904||See "Cases by School and Learning Style" tab||School||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Case numbers under 5 are suppressed for privacy. Schools are split according to learning style (in-person and hybrid vs. remote).||7/10/2021|
|South Carolina||Yes||https://scdhec.gov/covid19/resources-community-covid-19/covid-19-cases-associated-staff-students||School||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Cumulative cases and cases in the past 30 days are reported for each school. Case numbers under 5 are suppressed for privacy. Summer note on the dashboard: "As of June 18, this dashboard is no longer being updated. DHEC will work with the S.C. Department of Education to determine if and when this dashboard will begin being updated again for the next school year."||7/10/2021|
|South Dakota||Yes||https://doh.sd.gov/documents/COVID19/School-College_COVID_cases.pdf||Entire state||Recent & cumulative cases||Yes||Weekly||Total cases by week are reported for K-12 schools and higher ed institutions. Reporting appears to be on pause as of July 10.||7/10/2021|
|Tennessee||Yes||https://districtinformation.tnedu.gov/covid-information/map-view||Right-click on the map and select "show as table" to see all data||School||Recent cases||Yes||Weekly||Schools 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. Data collection paused on May 21 and will resume in the fall.||7/10/2021|
|Texas||Yes||https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/schools/texas-education-agency/||See "Local Education Agency report for week ending..." for downloadable files with school-level data.||School||Recent & cumulative cases, in-person enrollment||Yes||Weekly||Total enrollment and on-campus enrollment included for each school as of October 30. Sources of infection (on-campus vs. off-campus) are also reported.||7/10/2021|
|Utah||Yes||https://coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts/||Click "Schools" in the top right||District||Recent & cumulative cases||No||Weekly||Total 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.||7/10/2021|
|Vermont||Yes||https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/COVID19-Transmission-Schools.pdf||School||Recent & cumulative cases||No||Other||Updated twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Schools with under 25 students are reported in a single "total for all suppressed schools" count.||7/10/2021|
|Virginia||Yes||https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia-outbreaks/||Click "Outbreaks," see "K-12"||County||Recent & cumulative cases, deaths||No||Daily||K-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.||7/10/2021|
|Washington||Somewhat||https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/DataDashboard#tables||See "Outbreaks in Washington State K-12 Schools" at the bottom of the page||County||Schools with outbreaks||No||Weekly||WA reports cases for outbreaks in K-12 schools, not all K-12 cases. Reporting is on pause from July to September.||7/10/2021|
|West Virginia||Somewhat||https://wvde.us/schooloutbreaks/||School||Cumulative cases||No||Other||Updated "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." Reporting is on pause during the summer break, with no data available during this time.||7/10/2021|
|Wisconsin||Somewhat||https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/investigations.htm||County||Counties with school outbreaks||No||Weekly||WI 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.||7/10/2021|
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