Special Report

How Each State Is Reopening Schools This Fall

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Kansas
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread
> Daily routine changes: Designate single entry and exit points, staggered arrival and dismissal times, change bell schedule to minimize foot traffic
> Mask or face covering rules: REquired for staff, visitors, and most students
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for staff
> Classroom space organization: Install physical barriers, physical guides to direct traffic, seating areas at least 6 feet apart
> Extracurricular activities status: Pursue virtual activities
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,233 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 35,890)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 10.8% — 7th largest (from 31,730 to 35,167)
> Population: 2.9 million

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Kentucky
> Reopening plan: Distance learning or a full return to in-person instruction
> Daily routine changes: Schedule arrival and dismissal times, direct traffic flow in hallways, assigned seating
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended or required, depending on local virus transmission level
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: One-way hallways, post signs showing proper social distancing
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, social distancing required
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 902 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest (total: 40,299)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 12.6% — 5th largest (from 35,793 to 40,299)
> Population: 4.5 million

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Louisiana
> Reopening plan: Reopen in phases, up to each school
> Daily routine changes: Hand-washing at least every two hours, remain separated even outdoors
> Mask or face covering rules: Required, students who can’t wear them will be in static groups
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Keep students in same groups every day, 10 people, including adults, per class, separate groups with walls or partitions when indoors
> Extracurricular activities status: Vary by reopening phase
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 3,002 per 100,000 people — the highest (total: 139,903)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 4.5% — 13th smallest (from 133,125 to 139,125)
> Population: 4.7 million

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Maine
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread
> Daily routine changes: Interdisciplinary courses, social distancing is required during lunch
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for adults, required for students age 5+
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening for all
> Classroom space organization: Keep students in small groups, increase spacing, mark one-way directions if possible
> Extracurricular activities status: Restricted
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 316 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 4,234)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 4.0% — 9th smallest (from 4,050 to 4,213)
> Population: 1.3 million

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Maryland
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Restrict students from changing classrooms, stagger school bus schedules, one way routes in hallways
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for staff
> Classroom space organization: Reduce class sizes, destks at least 6 feet apart, facing the same direction, install physical barriers
> Extracurricular activities status: Up to each school
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,682 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 101,649)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 4.5% — 14th smallest (from 96,843 to 101,235)
> Population: 6.0 million