Some Eye-Opening Numbers About Reopening Schools In NC

This morning’s “Monday’s Numbers” segment in NC Policy Watch put together by Clayton Henkel is a collection of some rather sobering numbers from polls and estimates concerning how COVID-19 has affected schools and those who work and learn there.

Below are the “categories” for which numbers and percentages are given. Please click this link to see what those actual values are.

  • Percentage of North Carolinians who say the state should lift all restrictions on schools, businesses, and restaurants (Source: Public Policy Polling, June 22-23)
  • Percentage of North Carolinians who believe the state should continue to move slowly and lift restrictions in stages in order to protect vulnerable populations (Ibid.)
  • Percentage of educators polled by EdWeek’s Research Center in late May who said they would prefer that schools remain closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Source: EdWeek)
  • Percentage of teachers who said the ongoing pandemic may prompt them to leave the profession early (Ibid.)
  • Percentage of teachers, principals and school district leaders who identified as having a health condition that would place them at higher risk in suffering adverse effects from the novel coronavirus (Ibid.)
  • Percentage of gains students could have lost in reading from the prior year due to the COVID slide (Source: NWEA/Brookings.edu)
  • Percentage of the gains lost in mathematics from the previous year (Ibid.)
  • Percentage increase in the educational achievement gap  for Black, Hispanic, and low-income students (Harvard School of Public Health)
  • Estimated months of educational loss for a student, assuming in-classroom instruction resumes this fall (McKinsey & Company)
  • Estimated months educational loss for a student, assuming in-classroom instruction resumes by January 2021. (Ibid.)
  • Estimated percentage of high schools students who could drop out because of the coronavirus (Ibid.) If that proves true, here’s how those percentages would play out:
  • Estimated average number of high school dropouts nationwide resulting from the extended disruption in learning  caused by COVID-19 (Ibid.)
  • Estimated average number of Black high school dropouts resulting from the extended disruption in learning  (Ibid.)
  • Estimated average number of Latinx high school dropouts  resulting from the extended disruption in learning  (Ibid.)
  • Estimated loss in lifetime earnings (in 2020 dollars) based as a result of COVID-19 learning losses (Ibid.)
  • The number of new COVID-19 cases reported in North Carolina on Sunday, June 28
  • The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of June 28
  • Number of days until North Carolina reveals its school reopening plan.

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