Lifetouch is using data to create a picture of school openings across the country.

As school districts are planning education delivery services that meet the needs of their community; our top priority has remained the same: to provide a safe Picture Day experience so we can continue to deliver student images for school operations and milestone photography for the communities they serve. To ensure our team can execute on this priority, we have taken our machine learning foundation and applied additional data from third-party sources to establish planning factors that illustrate confirmed and tentative school picture dates.

We have pulled the data sources together and created visualizations and custom heat maps that provide a picture of the country and actionable planning indicators to help us:

- Optimize our agility photography equipment by geography
- Mobilize our staff to ramp up for picture day events
- Understand schedule efficiencies
- Most importantly, deliver a better and safer experience for customers and employees

School District Polling – Top 500 (by size)

The poll retrieved data points of how some of the largest school districts plan to deliver education service as they re-open. We are regularly updating the data to reflect the most recent announcements on school plans.

Full Distance Learning, or Online, represents the re-opening plan for 61% of districts researched. Starting the year fully online can mean the first few weeks or it could mean for the entire first semester. In many cases the length is undetermined based on how COVID-19 cases trend locally.

COVID-19 Heatmap by county overlaid with internal Lifetouch data

COVID-19 new cases per 100k people by county classified into four different risk levels, overlaid with internal Lifetouch data.

The map illustrates:

- Areas of the country currently most impacted by COVID-19
- Daily change of risk level concentration by county
- COVID-19 impact in the different Lifetouch geographical areas
- [Not Shown] Number of confirmed photo dates within each Lifetouch area in the next seven days and for the entire Fall season

Source(s): COVID Density: Harvard Global Health Institute, WHO, USAFacts, OWID & Bing COVID Tracker

We will continue to update the data weekly.

Children never stop growing and we want to help families capture this special moment in time as soon as communities and schools are ready.