GRAPHIC: Visualizing the School Shutdown Wave
A majority of states have ordered their schools closed as the nation rushes to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, hoping to blunt its potential to overwhelm medical resources.
It can be difficult to visualize the sheer scale of this wave, affecting tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of students.
Since the very first schools announced closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Week has been updating an interactive map several times a day to show the shifting scale of the response. Here are some charts that help show the tremendous growth in our data since Friday, when state after state took action and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released long-awaited guidance on school closures.