Special Report

How Schools Are Managing Coronavirus in Every State

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Kansas
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early-to-mid September
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread
> Re-closing schools: N/A
> Daily routine changes: Designate single entry and exit points, staggered arrival and dismissal times, change bell schedule to minimize foot traffic
> Mask or face covering rules: REquired for staff, visitors, and most students
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for staff
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,714 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 49,899)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 6.4% — 14th largest increase (from 46,914 to 49,899)
> Population: 2.9 million

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Kentucky
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Mid-to-late August
> Reopening plan: Distance learning or a full return to in-person instruction
> Re-closing schools: In mid-August one school in Clinton County moved classes online for 2 weeks after a student tested positive
> Daily routine changes: Schedule arrival and dismissal times, direct traffic flow in hallways, assigned seating, schools may bring small groups of students for tutoring
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended or required, depending on local virus transmission level
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,298 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 58,000)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 7.9% — 12th largest increase (from 53,064 to 57,282)
> Population: 4.5 million

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Louisiana
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early August
> Reopening plan: Reopen in phases, up to each school
> Re-closing schools: Several schools in Louisiana closed to in-person learning in August after students and staff members tested positive for COVID-19
> Daily routine changes: Hand-washing at least every two hours, remain separated even outdoors, maintain social distancing
> Mask or face covering rules: Required, students who can’t wear them will be in static groups
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 3,397 per 100,000 people — the highest (total: 158,318)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 3.1% — 11th smallest increase (from 153,177 to 157,947)
> Population: 4.7 million

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Maine
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Mid-August
> Reopening plan: Based on community spread, many choose a hybrid model
> Re-closing schools: One school district delayed the start of the academic year by a week until Sept. 14 after a staff member tested positive. St. Dominic Academy said on Sept. 15 that its Lewiston campus will remain closed through Sept. 28 after 2 students tested positive.
> Daily routine changes: Interdisciplinary courses, social distancing is required during lunch
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for adults, required for students age 5+
> Health screening precautions: Daily self-checks for students and staff
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 367 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 4,918)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 4.3% — 22nd smallest increase (from 4,701 to 4,903)
> Population: 1.3 million

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Maryland
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Late August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Re-closing schools: At least one prep school temporarily closed for 2 days in mid-August after 2 staff members tested positive
> Daily routine changes: Restrict students from changing classrooms, stagger school bus schedules, one way routes in hallways
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for staff
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,940 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 117,245)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 3.3% — 15th smallest increase (from 112,883 to 116,646)
> Population: 6.0 million

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