Special Report

How Schools Are Managing Coronavirus in Every State

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Massachusetts
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Late August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, based on community spread
> Re-closing schools: Salem summer programs were closed for a week in mid-August after one staff member tested positive
> Daily routine changes: Limit traffic in hallways, spend time in same groups
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for grade 2 and up, encouraged for the rest
> Health screening precautions: Temperature checks are not recommended
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,788 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 123,425)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 1.7% — 4th smallest increase (from 121,046 to 123,139)
> Population: 6.9 million

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Michigan
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early-to-mid September
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, online classes must be an option
> Re-closing schools: At least one high school closed for 2 weeks until Sept. 11 after 5 students and one staff member tested positive
> Daily routine changes: Reinforce proper hand-washing techniques required, hand-washing every 2-3 hours, limit use of classroom materials
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for some
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks recommended
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,250 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 124,969)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 5.0% — 23rd largest increase (from 118,403 to 124,287)
> Population: 10.0 million

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Minnesota
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early-to-mid September
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Re-closing schools: One school district delayed the start of the new academic year after a staff member tested positive. One county switched to hybrid model after a spike of COVID-19 cases in the area
> Daily routine changes: Schedule hygiene routines, floor/seating markings in common areas, arrival and dismissal monitored
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for students, staff, and others in schools, offices, and transportation
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,521 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 85,351)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 4.6% — 24th smallest increase (from 81,225 to 84,949)
> Population: 5.6 million

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Mississippi
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Early August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district, start delayed in some schools
> Re-closing schools: In mid-August more than 2,000 students and nearly 500 teachers were quarantined after 245 teachers and 199 students tested positive
> Daily routine changes: Stagger cafeteria use
> 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: 3,031 per 100,000 people — 3rd highest (total: 90,523)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 3.3% — 14th smallest increase (from 87,130 to 90,018)
> Population: 3.0 million

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Missouri
> Start of 2020-2021 academic year: Late August
> Reopening plan: Up to each district
> Re-closing schools: At least one school district closed temporarily until Sept. 4 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Classes were moved online
> Daily routine changes: Assigned seating, lunch in classrooms
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening.
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Sep 15: 1,720 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 105,359)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Sep 7 – Sep 14: 10.3% — 3rd largest increase (from 94,304 to 104,041)
> Population: 6.1 million

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