Special Report

How Schools Are Reopening in Each State

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New Mexico
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Longer meal periods, no large gatherings, limit mixing between groups,staggered class changed
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for students and staff
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: Limit in-person classes to 50% of classroom capacity, use outdoor seating, keep students in same groups
> Extracurricular activities status: Sports, some activities allowed, eliminate field trips
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 1,171 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 24,535)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 4.1% — 15th smallest (from 23,500 to 24,469)
> Population: 2.1 million

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New York
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread, NYC allowing outdoor learning
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classroom, restrict use of hallways, frequent hand-washing, limit gatherings in small spaces
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for all
> Classroom space organization: Use large common areas for classrooms, keep students in same groups, use visual aids for traffic flow
> Extracurricular activities status: Lower-risk sports can resume
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 2,204 per 100,000 people — 8th highest (total: 430,774)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 1.0% — the smallest (from 425,916 to 430,145)
> Population: 19.5 million

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North Carolina
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Daily routine changes: Frequent hand-washing, lunch in classrooms
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for teachers and students K-12
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Classroom space organization: One-way hallways, keep students in same groups, install physical barriers
> Extracurricular activities status: Cancel activities that bring many people together
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 1,519 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 157,741)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 7.5% — 17th largest (from 145,516 to 156,396)
> Population: 10.4 million

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North Dakota
> Reopening plan: Up to school district
> Daily routine changes: Students in same groups, group sizes should be no more than 15 people
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended, especially if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Testing for COVID-19 based on risk level
> Classroom space organization: Use large common areas such as gyms and playgrounds to hold classes
> Extracurricular activities status: Canceling recommended
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 1,346 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 10,229)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 15.6% — 2nd largest (from 8,647 to 10,000)
> Population: 760,000

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Ohio
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, most return for in-person instruction full-time
> Daily routine changes: Frequent hand-washing, practice social distancing, scheduling half-days
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening
> Classroom space organization: Keep students in same groups, social distancing required
> Extracurricular activities status: Allowed, with guidance
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 25: 997 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 116,495)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Aug. 17 – Aug. 24: 6.0% — 24th smallest (from 109,062 to 115,651)
> Population: 11.7 million