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November 4, 2022

New Data from NCES: School Experiences with COVID-19: September 2022

The second of six items from the folks at IES.  This is the first of four COVID-impacted studies (which always include some mention of remote learning).

 Institute of Education Sciences

New Data from NCES: School Experiences with COVID-19: September 2022

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) releases today the latest round of findings from the School Pulse Panel (SPP). These SPP data examine after-school programs, summer programs, mitigation strategies, learning mode offerings, and quarantine prevalence, as reported by school staff in U.S. public schools.

After-School Programs for 2022-23

  • Fifty-six percent of public schools are offering after-school programs for students who need academic assistance during the 2022-23 school year. Nearly half of public schools that offer this type of programming do so for 1-2 hours per day (46 percent), for 4 or 5 days per week (45 percent).
    • Forty-eight percent of public schools offering this type of programming incorporate high-dosage tutoring into the programming, while 42 percent incorporate some other type of tutoring.
  • Forty-four percent of public schools are offering after-school programs for students who are seeking academic enrichment during the 2022-23 school year. Nearly half of public schools that offer this type of programming do so for 1-2 hours per day (47 percent), for 4 or 5 days per week (46 percent).
    • Thirty percent of public schools offering this type of programming incorporate high-dosage tutoring into the programming, while 37 percent incorporate some other type of tutoring.

COVID-19 Mitigation

  • As of September 2022, 85 percent of public schools had no COVID-19 vaccination requirements for staff to be in the school building for the 2022-23 school year. Ninety-nine percent of public schools had no COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students to be in the school building for the 2022-23 school year.
  • The percentage of public schools requiring students and staff to wear masks in the school building in September 2022 was not measurably different than the percentage that required masks at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Twelve percent of public schools required that students wear masks inside the school building in September 2022, compared to 15 percent at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Thirteen percent of public schools required that staff wear masks inside the school building in September and at the end of 21-22 school year.
  • The percentages of public schools requiring daily COVID-19 symptom screening for students and staff had decreased in September compared to the rates at the end of the 2021-22 school year. In September 2022, 4 and 5 percent of public schools required daily symptom screening for students and staff, respectively. These rates were 16 and 20 percent, respectively, at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
  • Similarly, the percentage of public schools providing COVID-19 testing to students and staff even if they had no symptoms or possible exposure had decreased in September compared to the end of the 2021-22 school year. In September 2022, 21 and 27 percent of public schools provided on-site COVID-19 testing to students and staff, respectively. These rates were 43 and 51 percent, respectively, at the end of 2021-22 school year.
  • For the 2022-23 school year, 80 percent of public schools require staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 to stay home and not be in the school building. About one-third of public schools require those who display COVID-19-like symptoms or who have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 to stay home and not be in the school building.
    • Eleven percent of all public schools have no requirements for circumstances under which individuals have to stay home and not be in the school building for COVID-19-related reasons.
  • For the 2022-23 school year, 33 percent of schools installed or used high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration systems in classrooms and 29 percent replaced or upgraded their HVAC systems.

Learning Modes and Quarantine Prevalence

  • Comparing learning mode offerings during September 2022 and the end of the 2021-22 school year (June 2022):
    • The percentage of schools offering in-person learning are comparable (99 percent versus 98 percent)
    • The percentage of schools offering remote learning has decreased (18 percent versus 33 percent)
    • The percentage of schools offering hybrid learning have decreased (6 percent versus 10 percent)
  • The percentage of public schools that reported having to quarantine students in September was 47 percent, an increase from the 34 percent that required students to quarantine at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Twenty-seven percent of public schools reported having to quarantine staff members in September, a similar rate that required staff to quarantine at the end of the 2021-22 school year (24 percent).

Summer 2022 Programming

  • Sixty-nine percent of public schools offered summer school (required for certain students) during summer 2022. On average, these programs lasted 5 weeks and operated 5 hours per day, with 90 percent of public schools offering summer school providing it 4 or 5 days per week.
    • Of these public schools that offered summer school (required for certain students) during summer 2022, 34 percent incorporated high-dosage tutoring as part of summer school programming.
  • Seventy percent of public schools operated learning and enrichment programs that were hosted by their school or district during summer 2022. On average, these programs lasted 5 weeks and operated 5 hours per day, with 86 percent of public schools that offered these learning and enrichment programs providing it for 4 or 5 days per week.
    • Of these public schools that offered summer learning and enrichment programs that were hosted by their school or district during summer 2022, 24 percent incorporated high-dosage tutoring as part of summer school programming.

The data released today can be found at the COVID-19 dashboard at https://ies.ed.gov/schoolsurvey/.

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