Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Virginia
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings
> Re-closing schools: Chesterfield Schools returned to virtual learning at least until the end of 2020. Henrico County Schools delay in-person reopening. Fairfax County Public Schools in moving Group 3 students to full-time remote learning.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 3,348 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 285,149)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 10.5% — 23rd largest increase (from 255,053 to 281,909)
> Population: 8.5 million

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Washington
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff, recommended for students
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: The state could require school children to be vaccinated. Health officials in Thurston County recommend holding off on expanding in-person learning due to resurgence of COVID-19 cases
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 2,681 per 100,000 people — 6th lowest (total: 202,063)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 13.6% — 11th largest increase (from 175,793 to 199,735)
> Population: 7.5 million

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West Virginia
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and students grades 3 and above
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: 51 of the 55 counties are “red zones,” meaning transmission is high and schools and schools must move to remote learning.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 3,566 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 64,394)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 14.9% — 6th largest increase (from 54,997 to 63,217)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Wisconsin
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for teacher when close to other people, required for students in high-traffic periods
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks recommended
> Re-closing schools: Racine Public Health Department ordered schools in Racine, Wind Point, and Elmwood Park to close until Jan. 15.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 7,549 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 438,895)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 6.0% — 5th smallest increase (from 412,177 to 436,773)
> Population: 5.8 million

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Wyoming
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Up to each district
> Re-closing schools: All Wyoming Public Schools closed for in-person instruction until Nov. 30. Students don’t have to quarantine anymore if, when exposed, both the infected student and close contacts were wearing face coverings
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,813 per 100,000 people — 10th highest (total: 39,360)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 8.4% — 15th smallest increase (from 36,317 to 39,360)
> Population: 578,000