Private schools pull students away from public schools

Just 5% of private schools were virtual this fall, according to survey data from the National Association of Independent Schools, cited by CNBC. Compare that with the 62% of public schoolkids who started the fall on Zoom, per Burbio, which has been tracking public school re-opening plans.

Private schools have a clear advantage in how they’ve been able to handle the pandemic:

They were able to devise and advertise their reopening plans throughout the summer while public schools waited to from officials.

They have the money to build tents for outdoor instruction or pay for testing to stay open even as cases rise.