Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Virginia
> Re-closing schools: Chesterfield Schools returned to virtual learning at least until the end of 2020. Henrico County Schools delay in-person reopening. Fairfax County Public Schools in moving Group 3 students to full-time remote learning. Richmond Public Schools will decide on Monday whether to remain fully virtual next semester.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screenings
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 3,476 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 296,093)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 9.4% — 25th smallest increase (from 267,128 to 292,240)
> Population: 8.5 million

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Washington
> Re-closing schools: Health officials in Thurston County recommend holding off on expanding in-person learning due to resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Issaquah High School closed until the end of the week after 2 staff members tested positive
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff, recommended for students
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 2,721 per 100,000 people — 6th lowest (total: 205,069)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 9.5% — 25th largest increase (from 187,327 to 205,069)
> Population: 7.5 million

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West Virginia
> Re-closing schools: At least 51 of the 55 counties are “red zones,” meaning transmission is high and schools and schools must move to remote learning.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and students grades 3 and above
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 3,792 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 68,485)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 14.3% — 7th largest increase (from 58,462 to 66,849)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Wisconsin
> Re-closing schools: Racine Public Health Department ordered schools in Racine, Wind Point, and Elmwood Park to close until Jan. 15.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for teacher when close to other people, required for students in high-traffic periods
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks recommended
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 7,714 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 448,441)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 5.4% — 4th smallest increase (from 422,065 to 444,798)
> Population: 5.8 million

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Wyoming
> Re-closing schools: All Wyoming Public Schools closed for in-person instruction until Nov. 30. Students don’t have to quarantine anymore if, when exposed, both the infected student and close contacts were wearing face coverings
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Up to each district
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 6,977 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 40,310)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 6.4% — 6th smallest increase (from 37,885 to 40,310)
> Population: 578,000