Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Massachusetts
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for grade 2 and up, encouraged for the rest
> Health screening precautions: Temperature checks are not recommended
> Re-closing schools: Public schools in Boston moved classes online, in-person instruction will resume when there are 2 full weeks of falling infection rates. The state started a free rapid COVID-19 testing program at 134 schools.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 4,210 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 290,578)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 13.1% — 12th largest increase (from 256,844 to 290,578)
> Population: 6.9 million

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Michigan
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for some
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks recommended
> Re-closing schools: Michigan shut all high schools and colleges on Nov. 18 and they will remain closed at least until Dec. 8. High school sports and group fitness classes will also be cancelled. Many schools in the most populous counties will stay closed until after the winter break.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 4,730 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 472,780)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 9.0% — 21st smallest increase (from 426,576 to 465,159)
> Population: 10.0 million

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Minnesota
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for students, staff, and others in schools, offices, and transportation
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: At least 17 of the state’s 20 largest school districts are in distance learning for middle and high school students, at least 30 schools across the state reported coronavirus outbreaks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,618 per 100,000 people — 13th highest (total: 371,342)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 7.6% — 12th smallest increase (from 342,403 to 368,534)
> Population: 5.6 million

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Mississippi
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> Re-closing schools: Natchez-Adams School District shut down all schools until after the Thanksgiving break due to a COVID-19 outbreak, sports are on hold as well
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 6,064 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 181,095)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 8.8% — 19th smallest increase (from 164,931 to 179,447)
> Population: 3.0 million

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Missouri
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening.
> Re-closing schools: At least 4 schools in Jefferson County shut down temporarily after the county moved into a “red zone”; new mandates says that if people were wearing mask correctly and show no symptoms, they don’t have to quarantine for 14 days if exposed
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 14: 5,674 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 347,603)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 6 – Dec 13: 7.1% — 10th smallest increase (from 322,298 to 345,041)
> Population: 6.1 million