Special Report

How Schools Are Reopening in Each State

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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, limit capacity on buses
> 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. 25: 980 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 55,800)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 3.7% — 11th smallest (from 53,370 to 55,341)
> 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. 25: 1,457 per 100,000 people — 25th highest (total: 52,040)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 1.5% — 3rd smallest (from 51,267 to 52,011)
> 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, stay with same group for no more than 15 minutes
> 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, the state will provide testing for staff and students
> 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. 25: 1,754 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 16,962)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 2.2% — 6th smallest (from 16,536 to 16,895)
> 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. 25: 2,843 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest (total: 605,502)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 4.6% — 16th smallest (from 576,094 to 602,829)
> 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. 25: 2,456 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 258,354)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 7.3% — 19th largest (from 238,861 to 256,253)
> Population: 10.5 million