Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Colorado
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for students 11+, required for staff and if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: At-home or on-site symptom screening, temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: Gov. Jared Polis has said he would consider closing all schools closed again if that’s needed to get coronavirus cases under control. Many of the biggest school districts in Colorado are conducting remote instruction.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 5,060 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 288,193)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 12.0% — 14th largest increase (from 257,347 to 288,193)
> Population: 5.7 million

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Connecticut
> Mask or face covering rules: Masks required for all when inside school
> Health screening precautions: Maximize social distancing, students bring their own water
> Re-closing schools: All Bristol schools transitioned to full distance learning. At least 7 school districts switched to fully remote until mid-January.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 4,108 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 146,761)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 14.9% — 7th largest increase (from 127,715 to 146,761)
> Population: 3.6 million

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Delaware
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and grades 4-12, recommended for Pre-K – 3 grade
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks at home, the state will provide testing for staff and students
> Re-closing schools: Gov. John Carney recommended that schools pause in-person learning from Dec. 14 to Jan. 8, with plans to return to hybrid learning on Jan. 11. Sports competitions have been canceled. At least 63 public school students and 110 staff had tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the academic year.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 4,803 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 46,457)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 13.9% — 10th largest increase (from 39,912 to 45,460)
> Population: 967,000

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Florida
> Mask or face covering rules: Up to each school
> Health screening precautions: Set up secondary clinic for kids showing symptoms
> Re-closing schools: Some Florida schools went fully remote for 2 weeks following Thanksgiving, and will go again for 2 weeks following the Christmas and New Year break. A new executive order has been issued extending remote and hybrid learning options.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 5,326 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest (total: 1,134,383)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 6.4% — 7th smallest increase (from 1,058,074 to 1,125,931)
> Population: 21.3 million

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Georgia
> Mask or face covering rules: Personal choice
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for all
> Re-closing schools: Scattered school closures have happened all over the state. Windsor Forest High School in Chatham County is among the latest to shut down due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections until Jan. 11, 2021.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 4,557 per 100,000 people — 17th lowest (total: 479,340)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 7.3% — 11th smallest increase (from 443,822 to 476,044)
> Population: 10.5 million