Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Alabama
> Re-closing schools: Several schools have moved classes either fully remote or hybrid until the holiday break as a precaution as COVID-19 infection rates increase
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for nurses and school visitors
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 6,349 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 310,335)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 9.1% — 23rd smallest increase (from 280,187 to 305,640)
> Population: 4.9 million

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Alaska
> Re-closing schools: At least 1 school district in Fairbanks went fully remote on Nov. 16. Anchorage School District delayed plans for in-person instruction, which was supposed to start in November, until further notice.
> Mask or face covering rules: Encouraged whenever possible
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature and symptom screening for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 5,760 per 100,000 people — 25th highest (total: 42,473)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 9.7% — 24th largest increase (from 38,707 to 42,473)
> Population: 737,000

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Arizona
> Re-closing schools: Mesa Public Schools, the largest public school district in Arizona, will move to remote learning for the beginning of the next semester. Sunnyside District, the second largest in Southern Arizona, returned to remote-only. School districts in the Phoenix-area moved to online learning for various periods of time due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in Maricopa County.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 6,066 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 435,036)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 12.2% — 13th largest increase (from 382,601 to 429,219)
> Population: 7.2 million

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Arkansas
> Re-closing schools: At least 21 schools have changed learning plans in November and moved to remote learning. At least one school in the Earle School District closed indefinitely, classes were moved online. More schools are going remote for a few days due to COVID-19 concerns.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for children 10+ on buses, drivers, required for adults and students 10+ in school buildings
> Health screening precautions: Have screening stations, screening signs
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 6,354 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 191,504)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 9.9% — 22nd largest increase (from 174,325 to 191,504)
> Population: 3.0 million

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California
> Re-closing schools: Many schools are still in zones where transmission is widespread and are not allowed to open for in-person instruction. Schools are required to close when at least 5% of staff and students test positive for Covid-19 within a 14-day period. Also, if 25% of schools in a district are closed due to COVID-19 cases, the school district, too, must close.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for adults and Grade 3 and up
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks, hand-washing required before entering school
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 4,357 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 1,723,362)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 17.6% — 4th largest increase (from 1,420,558 to 1,671,081)
> Population: 39.6 million