Survey: Even As Schools Reopen, Many Students Learn Remotely

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 31, 2021, file photo, students wait to enter Wyandotte County High School in Kansas City, Kan., on the first day of in-person learning. The district was one of the last in the state to return to the classroom after going virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

A new survey from the Biden administration finds that large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning. The findings reflect a nation that’s been locked in debate over the safety of reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

Even as national COVID-19 rates continued to ebb in February, key measures around reopening schools barely budged. The survey shows nearly 46% of public schools offered five days a week of in-person learning to all students in February but just 34% of students were learning full-time in the classroom. White students were far more likely to be learning in-person than their nonwhite classmates.


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