Special Report

How Schools Are Managing Coronavirus in Every State

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Virginia
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Late August / Early September (depends on district)
> Reopening plan: Reopen in phases
> Re-closing schools: At least 4 schools temporarily closed in early September after several staff members tested positive
> Daily routine changes: Up to each school
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,591 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 135,514)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 5.5% — 20th largest increase (from 127,571 to 134,571)
> Population: 8.5 million

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Washington
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early September
> Reopening plan: Many districts starting the school year with a hybrid model
> Re-closing schools: N/A
> Daily routine changes: Frequent hand-washing, social distancing
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff, recommended for students
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,068 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest (total: 80,465)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 3.3% — 16th smallest increase (from 77,545 to 80,138)
> Population: 7.5 million

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West Virginia
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early September
> Reopening plan: Expected to open for in-person instruction
> Re-closing schools: N/A
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classroom, space meal serving lines and space seating, one-way hallways, designated exits and entries
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and students grades 3 and above
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 719 per 100,000 people — 5th lowest (total: 12,976)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 10.8% — 2nd largest increase (from 11,575 to 12,820)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Wisconsin
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early September (depends on district)
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, many will start in-person classes
> Re-closing schools: N/A
> Daily routine changes: More lunch periods, practice physical distancing when possible, frequent hand-washing
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for teacher when close to other people, required for students in high-traffic periods
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks recommended
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,547 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 89,956)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 10.0% — 4th largest increase (from 81,760 to 89,956)
> Population: 5.8 million

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Wyoming
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Late August
> Reopening plan: Reopen in phases, based on community spread
> Re-closing schools: An elementary school in Worland had its reopening delayed after 2 staff members tested positive and 10 others were placed in quarantine
> Daily routine changes: Specific groups use specific school entrances, lunch in classrooms, snacks not allowed
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Up to each district
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 768 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 4,438)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 8.9% — 8th largest increase (from 4,032 to 4,392)
> Population: 578,000

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