February 27, 2021
Survey: Rural school districts most likely to have in-person instruction
More than half of California districts are open for some in-person instruction, a number confirmed after months of uncertainty about how districts were operating.

In fall 2020, 47% of districts were remote only, according to a survey of school districts conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California November 19, 2020 to January 8, 2021. The state’s Safe Schools Reopening Dashboard shows a similar share (51%), as of February 12, 2021.

With the many issues that have plagued remote learning—from students receiving fewer instructional hours to a lack of broadband access—calls have intensified to bring more students back into classrooms despite the challenges around coronavirus.

While fully remote instruction was the most common model for all students (47%) in fall 2020, remote learning was more prominent at districts with higher shares of Black or Latino students (66%), English Learner (EL) students (52%), and low-income students (60%). Meanwhile, at 87%, more rural districts were at least partially open for in-person instruction. Only about 12% of districts statewide were open for in-person instruction for all students—and shares were lower in districts that disproportionately serve Black and Latino students and low-income students.
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