Special Report

How Each State Is Reopening Schools This Fall

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Colorado
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, maximize in-person learning
> Daily routine changes: Frequent hand-washing, staggered arrival and dismissal times, assigned seating
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for students 11+, required for staff and if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: At-home or on-site symptom screening, temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Keep students in same groups every day if social distancing is difficult, one-way hallways, install physical barriers
> Extracurricular activities status: Vary by reopening phase
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 942 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 53,631)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 4.3% — 11th smallest (from 51,441 to 53,631)
> Population: 5.7 million

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Connecticut
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, prepare for full reopening and hybrid model
> Daily routine changes: Less free movement through school facilities, assigned seating, frequent hand-washing
> Mask or face covering rules: Masks required for all when inside school
> Health screening precautions: Maximize social distancing, students bring their own water
> Classroom space organization: Keep students in same groups every day Grades K-8, use gyms and auditoriums for classrooms
> Extracurricular activities status: Allow completely independent activities, such as yoga
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,435 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 51,255)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 1.1% — 3rd smallest (from 50,684 to 51,255)
> Population: 3.6 million

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Delaware
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Direct flow of people in common areas, do activities that allow for social distancing, minimize mixing of classes
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and grades 4-12, recommended for Pre-K – 3 grade
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks at home
> Classroom space organization: Individual desks, minimize table seating, use outdoor space for classrooms, desks facing the same direction
> Extracurricular activities status: Canceling recommended, off-site trips discontinued
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,721 per 100,000 people — 15th highest (total: 16,643)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 5.7% — 18th smallest (from 15,699 to 16,593)
> Population: 967,000

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Florida
> Reopening plan: In-person instruction, unless barred by local directives
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classrooms or outdoors, no sharing of supplies
> Mask or face covering rules: Up to each school
> Health screening precautions: Set up secondary clinic for kids showing symptoms
> Classroom space organization: Keep students in same groups every day, convert cafeterias, libraries, gyms, auditoriums, and outdoor areas into classrooms
> Extracurricular activities status: Pursue virtual activities
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 2,742 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest (total: 584,047)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 6.8% — 24th largest (from 542,792 to 579,932)
> Population: 21.3 million

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Georgia
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Walking zones for in-person drop-off, schedule arrival times, schedule many outdoor activities, frequent hand-washing
> Mask or face covering rules: Personal choice
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for all
> Classroom space organization: Close every other row of seats, use separate partitions in open spaces, use markings on floors or walls
> Extracurricular activities status: Cancel sports in which students may be in close contact
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 2,319 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 243,982)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 8.6% — 17th largest (from 222,588 to 241,677)
> Population: 10.5 million