Status of School and University Closures

Updated March 20

Forty-five states have decided to close schools in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, Education Week reports. The newspaper says at least at least 118,000 public and private schools are closed, are scheduled to close, or were closed and later reopened, affecting at least 53.7 million students.

“There are at least 98,000 public schools and at least 34,000 private schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics,” Education Week notes. “Those schools educate almost 50.8 million public school students and 5.8 million private school students.”

The closings reflect a level of disruption that’s unprecedented in recent U.S. history. Many colleges and universities also have canceled in-person classes.

Education Week is regularly updating this interactive map showing K-12 school closures across the country. The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed are tracking the pandemic’s effects on higher education, including announcements of positive COVID-19 cases at institutions, how universities are delivering instruction, and the impact on admissions season.