National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard

Last updated August 29th 2020, 12:10:21am

This initiative is motivated by the need for better data on COVID-19 in schools. School leaders are still navigating through uncertainty as the school year has begun - whether in-person or online. The goal of this effort is to provide educational leaders and policy-makers with information on how schools are reopening, and what factors contribute to safe reopening?

What is the role of community spread in the experience of schools as they reopen? What precautions contribute to safe reopen? How are schools in each community reopening?

The effort will collect baseline information on schools as the year progresses, and then follow them over time to record enrollments, staffing and COVID-19 cases. We are committed to making the data entry straightforward and simple. The baseline survey should take no more than 10 to 20 minutes, and the bi-weekly surveys have only five questions.

We are also committed to making data immediately useful. Anonymized data will be available publicly in a navigable dashboard within a week of data entry. To protect privacy, any publicly posted data will be identified only at the county-level.

Our goal is to recruit public school districts, individual public schools, independent schools, charter schools, Catholic schools. The initiative will include schools which are fully remote, as well as those opening with some in-person component.

School district recruitment for this project begins the week of August 31st and our initial baseline school survey will go out to individual schools the week of September 7th. The bi-weekly surveys will begin the week of September 14 and we plan to release the initial dashboard the week of September 21st.

Recruitment will be ongoing to continue to grow the sample as the school year evolves.


Are you a superintendent and want to enroll your school district? Complete our district enrollment survey here!

Want to enroll your school directly? Begin with the baseline survey here.

Meet The Team:

Organizing Partners: AASA, The School Superintendents Association; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; the National Association of Elementary School Principals; Brown University Professor of Economics Emily Oster.
Dashboard and Analysis: Qualtrics, the experience management company.
Distribution Partners: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Association of Independent Schools in New England


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