Special Report

How Each State Is Reopening Schools This Fall

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Virginia
> Reopening plan: Reopen in phases
> Daily routine changes: Up to each school
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings
> Classroom space organization: Close common areas like cafeterias, maintain social distance, limit classes to 10 people
> Extracurricular activities status: Not allowed
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,280 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest (total: 109,019)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 6.4% — 23rd smallest (from 101,745 to 108,282)
> Population: 8.5 million

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Washington
> Reopening plan: Many districts starting the school year with a hybrid model
> Daily routine changes: Frequent hand-washing, social distancing
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff, recommended for students
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Elementary students in same groups, place desks to maximize space between students, facing the same direction
> Extracurricular activities status: Cancel activities in which students may be in close contact
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 906 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 68,264)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 6.4% — 21st smallest (from 64,151 to 68,264)
> Population: 7.5 million

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West Virginia
> Reopening plan: Expected to open for in-person instruction
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classroom, space meal serving lines and space seating, one-way hallways, designated exits and entries
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and students grades 3 and above
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Keep students in same room, desks at least 6 feet apart
> Extracurricular activities status: Pursue virtual activities
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 487 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 8,801)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 9.6% — 12th largest (from 7,875 to 8,632)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Wisconsin
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, many will start in-person classes
> Daily routine changes: More lunch periods, practice physical distancing when possible, frequent hand-washing
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for teacher when close to other people, required for students in high-traffic periods
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks recommended
> Classroom space organization: Keep children in grades 4K-8 in same groups and in same classroom
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,161 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 67,493)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 7.1% — 22nd largest (from 61,785 to 66,196)
> Population: 5.8 million

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Wyoming
> Reopening plan: Reopen in phases, based on community spread
> Daily routine changes: Specific groups use specific school entrances, lunch in classrooms, snacks not allowed
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Up to each district
> Classroom space organization: Install physical barriers, partition certain areas to reduce crowding
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 582 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 3,360)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 9.3% — 13th largest (from 3,073 to 3,360)
> Population: 578,000

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