The COVID-19 crisis has wrought havoc on all schools, but private schools could be in especially grave danger. Many have long been on a precarious financial footing, forced to keep tuition as low as possible to remain viable against “free” public schools. That razor‐thin financial model could be difficult to sustain as the coronavirus has led to many school and church shutdowns—and hence big fundraising drops—and as tuition‐paying families have faced their own virus‐related financial problems.
Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom has been tracking private school permanent closures at least partially connected to COVID-19 since the beginning of local and state lockdowns. Below you will find summary information for all COVID‐connected closures—completed or announced—an estimate of the potential cost to public schools were all students in those institutions to enroll in public schools, a count of permanent private school closures in this time period not connected to COVID-19, and a chart of daily COVID‐connected closure announcements. Below that are links to view our full lists of COVID and non‐COVID closed schools, as well as a link to a summary of our recent private school enrollment survey.