Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Kansas
> Mask or face covering rules: REquired for staff, visitors, and most students
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for staff
> Re-closing schools: Schools in small and big towns have moved classes online full-time; Johnson County schools are all in the Red Zone, meaning transmission is very high. Wichita school district may soon close schools due to a shortage of teachers, too many need to quarantine.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,526 per 100,000 people — 14th highest (total: 190,018)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 10.1% — 24th largest increase (from 168,295 to 185,294)
> Population: 2.9 million

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Kentucky
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended or required, depending on local virus transmission level
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: All Kentucky public and private K-12 schools were moved to online instruction. Middle schools and high schools will remain in remote learning until Jan. 4, 2021. Schools in Perry County were closed for in-person and virtual learning, adding makeup days at the end of the academic year.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 4,938 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 220,660)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 11.4% — 16th largest increase (from 198,065 to 220,660)
> Population: 4.5 million

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Louisiana
> Mask or face covering rules: Required, students who can’t wear them will be in static groups
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: Several schools in the Baton Rouge area are closing again before the Christmas break due to a rise in COVID-19 infections. Some will remain fully remote until the end of the fall semester. High school students across the state are required to go in-person testing.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 5,786 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 269,643)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 7.0% — 9th smallest increase (from 251,123 to 268,613)
> Population: 4.7 million

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Maine
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for adults, required for students age 5+
> Health screening precautions: Daily self-checks for students and staff
> Re-closing schools: All schools in Westbrook were closed until Dec. 3, at least 2 Oxford Hills schools moved classes online for 2 weeks. Some schools are forced to move fully remote due to staffing shortages created by the increasing number of staff having to quarantine.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 1,222 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 16,349)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 19.3% — 2nd largest increase (from 13,348 to 15,923)
> Population: 1.3 million

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Maryland
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for staff
> Re-closing schools: Many schools districts are canceling plans to move to in-person instruction any time soon.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 3,921 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest (total: 236,961)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 9.1% — 22nd smallest increase (from 215,027 to 234,647)
> Population: 6.0 million