Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Hawaii
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings
> Re-closing schools: Some schools are extending the first phase of reopening for in-person instruction, which consists of half-day classes for vulnerable students.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 1,354 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 19,235)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 4.0% — 2nd smallest increase (from 18,842 to 19,599)
> Population: 1.4 million

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Idaho
> Mask or face covering rules: Required by some districts
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks for all
> Re-closing schools: Valley County is the third to be moved to a “red” category, indicating that transmission is very high; all schools in Boise School District went fully remote after Thanksgiving break. The Emmett School District now requires all students and staff to wear masks.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,908 per 100,000 people — 8th highest (total: 121,179)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 9.7% — 24th smallest increase (from 110,510 to 121,179)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Illinois
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for all students age 5+
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings and temperature checks for all
> Re-closing schools: At least 10 schools have confirmed coronavirus outbreaks. Chicago Public Schools will return to in-person learning beginning in January, but high school students will continue remote. Catholic schools now have the option to transition to remote learning if they choose
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,719 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 856,118)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 7.8% — 13th smallest increase (from 787,573 to 848,904)
> Population: 12.7 million

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Indiana
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for school staff
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: All schools in Marion County are going fully remote at least until mid-January. At least 17 school districts — or about half of school districts in Indiana — have moved to full-time virtual learning for various periods of time.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,432 per 100,000 people — 15th highest (total: 430,401)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 11.5% — 15th largest increase (from 381,617 to 425,434)
> Population: 6.7 million

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Iowa
> Mask or face covering rules: Not recommended but allowed
> Health screening precautions: Up to each school
> Re-closing schools: All schools in the Iowa City Community School District went fully remote as of Nov. 16. More schools are applying for waivers to hold all classes remotely for 2 weeks. The governor is pushing for a requirement that all districts offer an option for 100% in-person instruction.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 8,140 per 100,000 people — 3rd highest (total: 256,902)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 5.0% — 3rd smallest increase (from 243,931 to 256,249)
> Population: 3.2 million