Special Report

How Schools Are Reopening in Each State

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Montana
> Reopening plan: Hybrid model, half days
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classrooms, staggered arrival times
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for all students and staff
> Health screening precautions: Visitor temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Separate desks as much as possible, break large classes in small groups, close gyms, playgrounds, and libraries
> Extracurricular activities status: Canceling recommended
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 624 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 6,624)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 12.0% — 3rd largest (from 5,792 to 6,489)
> Population: 1.1 million

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Nebraska
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, based on community spread, start postponed until Sept. 16, academic year cut to 170 days
> Daily routine changes: Frequent hand-washing, limit use of school materials, keep personal items separate
> Mask or face covering rules: Up to each school
> Health screening precautions: Visitors wash hands before entering the school, symptom self-screen
> Classroom space organization: Move high school choirs to larger spaces, or practice in smaller groups, post signs showing proper social distancing
> Extracurricular activities status: Only sports is allowed to continue
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 1,677 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 32,348)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 5.0% — 18th smallest (from 30,372 to 31,889)
> Population: 1.9 million

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Nevada
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Limit use of common areas like playgrounds, teachers rotate, not students, restroom rotation
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for staff and students
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks recommended, post signs about proper hand-washing and other ways to stop the virus
> Classroom space organization: Desks at least 6 feet apart, post signs showing proper social distancing
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, no live audience
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 2,189 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 66,413)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 6.5% — 25th smallest (from 61,967 to 66,010)
> Population: 3.0 million

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New Hampshire
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Stagger dismissal, stagger meal times, serve lunch in classroom, monitor hallways to direct movement, assigned seating
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings for staff, students
> Classroom space organization: Desks placed 3 to 6 feet apart, facing the same direction, use gym as classrooms
> Extracurricular activities status: Up to each school
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 527 per 100,000 people — 5th lowest (total: 7,150)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 1.9% — 5th smallest (from 7,004 to 7,134)
> Population: 1.4 million

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New Jersey
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, most return with a hybrid model
> Daily routine changes: Staggering meal times, recess held in staggered shifts, gym classes in marked areas
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for school staff and visitors
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and history of exposure
> Classroom space organization: Install physical barriers, desks facing the same direction
> Extracurricular activities status: Avoid close-group activities
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 2,133 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 190,021)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 1.0% — 2nd smallest (from 187,767 to 189,719)
> Population: 8.9 million