Mask Requirements by District Characteristics
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Mask Requirements and CDC COVID-19 Community Risk Levels by County
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Mask Requirements and COVID-19 CasesLearn more about this chart.
Our goal is to provide a fundamental, up-to-date baseline of school districts’ current masking requirements and how they change during the 2021-22 school year. This tracker categorizes masking requirements for over 8,000 school districts nationwide, which include all regular public school districts with at least three schools. We hope these data will serve school communities as they face ongoing decisions, provide the basic knowledge necessary for shaping policy across states, and allow other researchers to more accurately study how COVID-19 mitigation efforts are impacting schools.
We adhere to high standards in research methodology and practices, pursuing rigorous transparency in our approach to this work.
This is a live data collection. Current and prior categorizations of districts may be misclassified. As such, we will be doing constant quality assurance over time. Publications of previous data may change with additional corrections to the data. If you see a district you believe is mis-categorized, please submit a correction request here. Please find a thorough description of R2L methodology and data here.
AEI would like to thank The Achelis and Bodman Foundation for its generous support that helped make the Return to Learn Tracker possible.
Return to Learn Instructional Mode and Mask Tracking data has been featured in various outlets, including: