Rural schools resumed in-person classes faster than urban schools


More than twice as many rural school districts than urban districts in the United States had returned to in-person learning by February after shutting buildings during the pandemic, a report published Tuesday by the RAND Corp. found.

Some 42% of rural school districts offered fully in-person instruction by the end of that month, compared with only 17% of urban districts, the data showed.

Conversely, 29% of urban districts offered fully remote instruction at that time, compared with 10% of rural districts and 18% of suburban districts, the researchers said.