Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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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. Several schools have moved classes either fully remote or hybrid until the holiday break as a precaution as COVID-19 infection rates increase
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,095 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 297,895)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 9.5% — 23rd smallest increase (from 269,877 to 295,631)
> 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 went fully remote on Nov. 16. Anchorage School District delayed plans for in-person instruction, which was supposed to start in November, until further notice.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 5,579 per 100,000 people — 25th highest (total: 41,143)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 11.1% — 18th largest increase (from 37,036 to 41,143)
> 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: Mesa Public Schools, the largest public school district in Arizona, will move to remote learning for the beginning of the next semester. Sunnyside District, the second largest in Southern Arizona, returned to remote-only after Thanksgiving.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 5,860 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 420,248)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 12.1% — 13th largest increase (from 364,276 to 408,442)
> 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 and moved to remote learning. At least one school in the Earle School District closed indefinitely, classes were moved online. More schools are going remote for a few days due to COVID-19 concerns.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,162 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 185,702)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 8.6% — 17th smallest increase (from 170,924 to 185,702)
> 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. Schools are required to close when at least 5% of staff and students test positive for Covid-19 within a 14-day period. Also, if 25% of schools in a district are closed due to COVID-19 cases, the school district, too, must close.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 4,007 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 1,585,044)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 15.7% — 5th largest increase (from 1,341,700 to 1,551,766)
> Population: 39.6 million