Special Report

How Each State Is Reopening Schools This Fall

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Massachusetts
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Limit traffic in hallways, spend time in same groups
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for grade 2 and up, encouraged for the rest
> Health screening precautions: Temperature checks are not recommended
> Classroom space organization: Same groups every day for elementary students, no maximum number for class size but students must be 6 feet apart, use large spaces for classrooms
> Extracurricular activities status: TBD
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,663 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 114,786)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: -5.7% — the smallest (from 121,707 to 114,786)
> Population: 6.9 million

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Michigan
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, online classes must be an option
> Daily routine changes: Reinforce proper hand-washing techniques required, hand-washing every 2-3 hours, limit use of classroom materials
> Mask or face covering rules: Required
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Desks at least 6 feet apart, facing same direction, reduce class sizes, post signs showing proper social distancing
> Extracurricular activities status: Not allowed
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,041 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest (total: 104,091)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 5.3% — 15th smallest (from 98,213 to 103,403)
> Population: 10.0 million

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Minnesota
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Schedule hygiene routines, floor/seating markings in common areas, arrival and dismissal monitored
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for students, staff, and others in schools, offices, and transportation
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Give students as much space as possible, use transparent dividers
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,187 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 66,618)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 6.8% — 25th largest (from 61,839 to 66,061)
> Population: 5.6 million

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Mississippi
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, start delayed in some schools
> Daily routine changes: Stagger cafeteria use
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Social distancing is recommended
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 2,496 per 100,000 people — 4th highest (total: 74,555)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 7.2% — 21st largest (from 68,293 to 73,207)
> Population: 3.0 million

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Missouri
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Assigned seating, lunch in classrooms
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening
> Classroom space organization: Desks facing the same direction, at least 6 feet apart if possible
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 19: 1,153 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 70,658)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 11 – Aug. 18: 13.9% — 3rd largest (from 60,920 to 69,407)
> Population: 6.1 million