Nearly 93% of Households With School-Age Children Report Some Form of Distance Learning During COVID-19

From May 28 to June 2, when many school districts across the country are normally in session, 80% of people living with children distance learning reported the children were using online resources. About 20% were using paper materials sent home by the school. (The categories overlap because respondents could select more than one category.)

Results from earlier weeks of Household Pulse Survey data were similar. Most households used online educational resources to help kids complete the school year from home.

Online Learning and Paper Resources Provided to School Children by Household Income from May 28 - June 2, 2020

Data from Week 5 of the Household Pulse Survey show that high-income households with children were using online resources at higher rates than those in lower-income households. (Figure 1).

For example, in households with incomes of $100,000 or more, 85.8% of people with children reported using online resources for distance learning.

By contrast, only 65.8% of people in households with incomes of less than $50,000 and 76.5% of households with incomes of $50,000-$99,999 reported that children were using online resources.

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