Special Report

How Schools Are Reopening in Each State

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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. 25: 477 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 6,769)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 30.9% — the largest (from 5,042 to 6,600)
> 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: Required by some districts
> 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. 25: 1,737 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 30,475)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 7.6% — 15th largest (from 27,942 to 30,070)
> 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, assign student pods
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 1,754 per 100,000 people — 16th highest (total: 223,470)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 6.7% — 25th largest (from 207,854 to 221,790)
> 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. 25: 1,321 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 88,421)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 8.1% — 12th largest (from 81,006 to 87,592)
> 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. 25: 1,811 per 100,000 people — 15th highest (total: 57,156)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 7.5% — 16th largest (from 52,617 to 56,585)
> Population: 3.2 million