Special Report

How Schools Are Managing Coronavirus in Every State

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Alabama
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Mid-to-late August
> Reopening plan: Hybrid model, 2 days a week in-person instruction, alternating AM and PM schedule
> Re-closing schools: One high school in Limestone County closed from Aug. 17 to Aug. 21, after 4 students tested positive for COVID-19. Gadsden City Schools will allow in person instruction as an option beginning Sept. 28.
> Daily routine changes: Reinforce hand-washing, limit use of classroom materials. Travel between buildings should be stopped or minimized.
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for nurses and school visitors
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 2,868 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 140,160)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 4.9% — 24th largest increase (from 132,973 to 139,459)
> Population: 4.9 million

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Alaska
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Mid-August
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread, elementary school in-person, middle and high school distance learning
> Re-closing schools: 3 schools in the Mat-Su Borough School District, the state’s largest, closed as of Sept. 1 after 5 COVID-19 cases were reported. The Anchorage School District has also temporarily closed schools because of the coronavirus. The goal is to reopen by mid-October.
> Daily routine changes: Extended dismissal times, scheduled arrival times
> Mask or face covering rules: Encouraged whenever possible
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature and symptom screening for all
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 992 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 7,313)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 8.7% — 9th largest increase (from 6,690 to 7,270)
> Population: 737,000

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Arizona
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Mid-August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Re-closing schools: One school in Tucson closed from Aug. 25 – Sept. 7 after one student tested positive. Another schools partially closed after a teacher tested positive
> Daily routine changes: Assigned seating, designated arrival times or locations, lunch in classrooms
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 2,917 per 100,000 people — 4th highest (total: 209,209)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 1.3% — 3rd smallest increase (from 205,964 to 208,725)
> Population: 7.2 million

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Arkansas
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Mid-to-late August
> Reopening plan: Must provide in-person instructions as option 5 days a week
> Re-closing schools: Several schools temporarily moved classes online after 100+ students and staff had to quarantine due to possible exposure to the virus. The Earle School District close one elementary school indefinitely after a second person tested positive
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classrooms, no gatherings in hallways and cafeterias, rotating teachers, not students
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for children 10+ on buses, drivers, required for adults and students 10+ in school buildings
> Health screening precautions: Have screening stations, screening signs
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 2,368 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 71,357)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 8.0% — 11th largest increase (from 65,377 to 70,627)
> Population: 3.0 million

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California
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early September
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread, alternate distance learning with in-person instruction
> Re-closing schools: N/A
> Daily routine changes: Stagger cafeteria use, lunch in classrooms or outdoors, limit gatherings
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for adults and Grade 3 and up
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks, hand-washing required before entering school
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,921 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest (total: 760,013)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 3.1% — 10th smallest increase (from 735,235 to 757,778)
> Population: 39.6 million

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