Special Report

How Schools Are Managing Coronavirus in Every State

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Alabama
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for nurses and school visitors
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: Several schools in Baldwin and Blount counties either temporarily closed or suspended some sports in September after about a dozen students and staff tested positive
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Oct 13: 3,421 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 167,193)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Oct 5 – Oct 12: 4.0% — 17th smallest increase (from 159,713 to 166,076)
> Population: 4.9 million

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Alaska
> Mask or face covering rules: Encouraged whenever possible
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature and symptom screening for all
> Re-closing schools: 4 Seward area schools closed after 1 person tested positive and coronavirus cases in the area rose. The district in Fairbanks closed schools at the beginning of September. In both cases, classes were moved online and won’t resume in-person until minimal community spread.
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Oct 13: 1,476 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 10,884)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Oct 5 – Oct 12: 13.5% — 5th largest increase (from 9,587 to 10,884)
> Population: 737,000

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Arizona
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: Tucson’s largest school district delayed the start of hybrid in-person learning until Nov. 12. At least two schools are closed in Maricopa County as of Sept. 24 after 8 school-related COVID-19 outbreaks were reported — a total of 35 people have tested positive.
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Oct 13: 3,162 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 226,734)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Oct 5 – Oct 12: 2.3% — 3rd smallest increase (from 221,070 to 226,050)
> Population: 7.2 million

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Arkansas
> 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
> Re-closing schools: The Earle School District closed an elementary school indefinitely after a second person tested positive. A high school in Little Rock closed on Sept. 21 after several students tested positive, many have been quarantined.
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Oct 13: 3,102 per 100,000 people — 12th highest (total: 93,487)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Oct 5 – Oct 12: 6.9% — 20th largest increase (from 87,430 to 93,487)
> Population: 3.0 million

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California
> 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
> Re-closing schools: Many schools are still in zones where transmission is widespread and are not allowed to open for in-person instruction. 32 of the total 58 counties in the state are eligible to open.
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Oct 13: 2,155 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 852,406)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Oct 5 – Oct 12: 2.8% — 7th smallest increase (from 826,784 to 850,028)
> Population: 39.6 million

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