Special Report

How Schools Are Reopening in Each State

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Virginia
> Reopening plan: Reopen in phases
> Daily routine changes: Up to each school
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings
> Classroom space organization: Close common areas like cafeterias, maintain social distance, limit classes to 10 people
> Extracurricular activities status: Not allowed
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 1,346 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 114,635)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 5.8% — 22nd smallest (from 107,421 to 113,630)
> Population: 8.5 million

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Washington
> Reopening plan: Many districts starting the school year with a hybrid model
> Daily routine changes: Frequent hand-washing, social distancing
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff, recommended for students
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Elementary students in same groups, place desks to maximize space between students, facing the same direction
> Extracurricular activities status: Cancel activities in which students may be in close contact
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 947 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest (total: 71,371)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 5.4% — 21st smallest (from 67,721 to 71,371)
> Population: 7.5 million

West Virginia
> Reopening plan: Expected to open for in-person instruction
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classroom, space meal serving lines and space seating, one-way hallways, designated exits and entries
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and students grades 3 and above
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Keep students in same room, desks at least 6 feet apart
> Extracurricular activities status: Pursue virtual activities
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 520 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 9,395)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 7.9% — 14th largest (from 8,632 to 9,312)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Wisconsin
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, many will start in-person classes
> Daily routine changes: More lunch periods, practice physical distancing when possible, frequent hand-washing
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for teacher when close to other people, required for students in high-traffic periods
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks recommended
> Classroom space organization: Keep children in grades 4K-8 in same groups and in same classroom
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 1,230 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 71,492)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 7.0% — 21st largest (from 66,196 to 70,854)
> Population: 5.8 million

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Wyoming
> Reopening plan: Reopen in phases, based on community spread
> Daily routine changes: Specific groups use specific school entrances, lunch in classrooms, snacks not allowed
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Up to each district
> Classroom space organization: Install physical barriers, partition certain areas to reduce crowding
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 629 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 3,634)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 8.2% — 11th largest (from 3,331 to 3,603)
> Population: 578,000