Special Report

How Schools Are Managing Coronavirus in Every State

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Colorado
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, maximize in-person learning
> Re-closing schools: In mid-September, 1 school closed temporarily and one shifted to remote learning after students and staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
> Daily routine changes: Frequent hand-washing, staggered arrival and dismissal times, assigned seating, limit capacity on buses
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for students 11+, required for staff and if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: At-home or on-site symptom screening, temperature checks
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,090 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 62,099)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 4.1% — 21st smallest increase (from 59,274 to 61,699)
> Population: 5.7 million

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Connecticut
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Late August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, most open for in-person instruction
> Re-closing schools: Since the start of the new academic year, more than a dozen public schools across Connecticut have temporarily shut down in-person learning due to COVID-19 cases among students and staff
> Daily routine changes: Less free movement through school facilities, assigned seating, frequent hand-washing
> Mask or face covering rules: Masks required for all when inside school
> Health screening precautions: Maximize social distancing, students bring their own water
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,540 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 55,031)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 2.9% — 9th smallest increase (from 53,365 to 54,895)
> Population: 3.6 million

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Delaware
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early-to-mid August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Re-closing schools: N/A
> Daily routine changes: Direct flow of people in common areas, do activities that allow for social distancing, minimize mixing of classes, stay with same group for no more than 15 minutes
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and grades 4-12, recommended for Pre-K – 3 grade
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks at home, the state will provide testing for staff and students
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,979 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 19,137)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 3.8% — 18th smallest increase (from 18,249 to 18,937)
> Population: 967,000

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Florida
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Mid-August
> Reopening plan: In-person instruction, unless barred by local directives
> Re-closing schools: At least one high school closed for 2 weeks on Sept. 8 after 6 people tested positive. Classes were moved online. 3 schools in Central Florida, were forced to shut down because of COVID-19 cases, one closd due to lack of substitute teachers
> Daily routine changes: Lunch in classrooms or outdoors, no sharing of supplies
> Mask or face covering rules: Up to each school
> Health screening precautions: Set up secondary clinic for kids showing symptoms
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 3,140 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest (total: 668,846)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 2.7% — 7th smallest increase (from 648,269 to 665,730)
> Population: 21.3 million

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Georgia
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Re-closing schools: Georgia schools closed to in-person learning in August after students and staff members tested positive for COVID-19
> Daily routine changes: Walking zones for in-person drop-off, schedule arrival times, schedule many outdoor activities, frequent hand-washing
> Mask or face covering rules: Personal choice
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for all
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 2,822 per 100,000 people — 6th highest (total: 296,833)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 4.1% — 20th smallest increase (from 283,807 to 295,337)
> Population: 10.5 million

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