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: Close to 8.4% of all cases in Alabama have been traced back to schools and kids ages 5-17. At least 6 schools in different counties have moved classes online until various times in November due to too many people having to quarantine.
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Nov. 17: 4,518 per 100,000 people — 12th highest (total: 220,848)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Nov 9 – Nov. 16: 7.0% — 12th smallest increase (from 204,857 to 219,232)
> 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: At least 1 school district in Fairbanks is going fully remote starting Nov. 16. Anchorage School District delayed plans for in-person instruction, which was supposed to start in November, until further notice.
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Nov. 17: 3,309 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 24,399)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Nov 9 – Nov. 16: 20.2% — 6th largest increase (from 20,300 to 24,399)
> 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: Sunnyside District, the second largest in Southern Arizona, returns to remote-only after Thanksgiving, the Arizona Education Association is asking Gov. Doug Ducey to make everyone wear masks in schools and on buses until the end of the school year
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Nov. 17: 3,903 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 279,896)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Nov 9 – Nov. 16: 6.6% — 10th smallest increase (from 259,699 to 276,912)
> 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: At least 21 schools have changed learning plans in November. A school in Siloam Springs closed for 2 weeks until Nov. 20 after several staff members and students tested positive. At least one school in Earle School District closed indefinitely.
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Nov. 17: 4,458 per 100,000 people — 13th highest (total: 134,348)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Nov 9 – Nov. 16: 9.4% — 16th smallest increase (from 122,811 to 134,348)
> 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. Districts can reopen elementary schools if they receive waivers from the county Health Department
> Cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Nov. 17: 2,624 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest (total: 1,037,978)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Nov 9 – Nov. 16: 5.9% — 6th smallest increase (from 971,851 to 1,029,235)
> Population: 39.6 million

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