Special Report

How Each State Is Reopening Schools This Fall

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Hawaii
> Reopening plan: Distance learning for at least first few weeks
> Daily routine changes: Same groups every day, organize more virtual activities, lunch in classroom, stagger arrival and dismissal protocols
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings
> Classroom space organization: Install physical barriers, maintain social distancing, desks at least 3 feet apart
> Extracurricular activities status: Canceling recommended
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 377 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 5,349)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 38.8% — the largest (from 3,756 to 5,215)
> Population: 1.4 million

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Idaho
> Reopening plan: Hybrid model, based on community spread
> Daily routine changes: Limit physical interaction through group work, designate arrival points
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for all when practical
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks for all
> Classroom space organization: Use large common areas for classrooms, remove unused desks, maximize social distancing
> Extracurricular activities status: Based on community spread
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,615 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 28,326)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 10.7% — 8th largest (from 25,595 to 28,326)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Illinois
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, with majority going remote
> Daily routine changes: Schedule restroom breaks, stagger arrivals and dismissals, restrict sharing of any items, stagger indoor and outdoor play
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for all students age 5+
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings and temperature checks for all
> Classroom space organization: Desks at least 6 feet apart in all directions, keep windows open, mark path of travel inside the classroom
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,663 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 211,889)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 6.4% — 22nd smallest (from 196,948 to 209,594)
> Population: 12.7 million

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Indiana
> Reopening plan: Most schools offer option of full-time in-person or distance learning
> Daily routine changes: Stay in single classroom, no mixing of classes or grade levels, discourage attendance awards, assign students to entrances
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for school staff
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Desks facing the same direction, consider broadcasting in-class instruction to multiple locations in the school
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,230 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 82,336)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 7.9% — 18th largest (from 75,862 to 81,847)
> Population: 6.7 million

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Iowa
> Reopening plan: Option for hybrid model or distance learning, at least 50% must be in-person instruction
> Daily routine changes: Up to each school
> Mask or face covering rules: Not recommended but allowed
> Health screening precautions: Up to each school
> Classroom space organization: Post signs on how to stop the spread of the virus, properly wash hands
> Extracurricular activities status: Up to each school
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,696 per 100,000 people — 16th highest (total: 53,538)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 7.6% — 19th largest (from 49,208 to 52,924)
> Population: 3.2 million