Special Report

How Each State Is Reopening Schools This Fall

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Alabama
> Reopening plan: Hybrid model, 2 days a week in-person instruction, alternating AM and PM schedule
> Daily routine changes: Reinforce hand-washing, limit use of classroom materials
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for nurses and school visitors
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Reduce class sizes, limit entries and exits to school, use gyms as classrooms
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 2,185 per 100,000 people — 7th highest (total: 106,784)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 5.9% — 19th smallest (from 99,926 to 105,815)
> Population: 4.9 million

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Alaska
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread, elementary school in-person, middle and high school distance learning
> Daily routine changes: Extended dismissal times, scheduled arrival times
> Mask or face covering rules: Encouraged whenever possible
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature and symptom screening for all
> Classroom space organization: Based on community spread, same groups every day, reduce mixing of students, space desks 6 feet apart
> Extracurricular activities status: Based on community spread
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 712 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 5,247)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 12.8% — 4th largest (from 4,589 to 5,177)
> Population: 737,000

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Arizona
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Assigned seating, designated arrival times or locations, lunch in classrooms
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Reduce class sizes, reorganize classrooms to allow 6 feet between students, install physical barriers
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 2,727 per 100,000 people — 3rd highest (total: 195,557)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 3.3% — 7th smallest (from 188,737 to 194,920)
> Population: 7.2 million

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Arkansas
> Reopening plan: Must provide in-person instructions as option 5 days a week
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classrooms, no gatherings in hallways and cafeterias, rotating teachers, not students
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for children 10+ on buses, drivers, required for adults and students 10+ in school buildings
> Health screening precautions: Have screening stations, screening signs
> Classroom space organization: Repurpose unused spaces, modify existing spaces to allow for maximum distancing of students and staff
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,775 per 100,000 people — 14th highest (total: 53,487)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 6.1% — 20th smallest (from 50,411 to 53,487)
> Population: 3.0 million

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California
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread, alternate distance learning with in-person instruction
> Daily routine changes: Stagger cafeteria use, lunch in classrooms or outdoors, limit gatherings
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for adults and Grade 3 and up
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks, hand-washing required before entering school
> Classroom space organization: Reduce class sizes, keep students in same rooms, have portable hand-washing stations
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, social distancing required, should take place outside
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,615 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 638,831)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 10.1% — 10th largest (from 574,411 to 632,667)
> Population: 39.6 million