Special Report

How Schools Are Reopening in Each State

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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. 25: 1,692 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 116,770)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 1.6% — 4th smallest (from 114,611 to 116,421)
> 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. 25: 1,087 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest (total: 108,637)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 4.8% — 17th smallest (from 102,749 to 107,686)
> 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. 25: 1,260 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 70,707)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 7.0% — 22nd largest (from 65,716 to 70,298)
> 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, limit class sizes to 50% or less of room capacity when possible
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with attendance capped to no more than two spectators per participant
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 2,652 per 100,000 people — 4th highest (total: 79,206)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 8.3% — 10th largest (from 72,412 to 78,405)
> 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. 25: 1,251 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 76,613)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 10.6% — 4th largest (from 68,613 to 75,914)
> Population: 6.1 million