Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Colorado
> Re-closing schools: Gov. Jared Polis has said he would consider closing all schools closed again if that’s needed to get coronavirus cases under control. Many of the biggest school districts in Colorado are conducting remote instruction.
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended for students 11+, required for staff and if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: At-home or on-site symptom screening, temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 5,210 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 296,716)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 9.2% — 24th smallest increase (from 268,589 to 293,382)
> Population: 5.7 million

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Connecticut
> Re-closing schools: Avon Public Schools closed from Dec 3 until Dec 14 after several COVID-19 cases were tied to a one gathering. All Bristol schools transitioned to full distance learning. At least 7 school districts switched to fully remote until mid-January.
> Mask or face covering rules: Masks required for all when inside school
> Health screening precautions: Maximize social distancing, students bring their own water
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 4,416 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest (total: 157,781)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 12.3% — 12th largest increase (from 140,548 to 157,781)
> Population: 3.6 million

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Delaware
> Re-closing schools: Gov. John Carney recommended that schools pause in-person learning from Dec. 14 to Jan. 8, with plans to return to hybrid learning on Jan. 11. Several schools moved to all virtual learning already. Sports competitions have been canceled.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and grades 4-12, recommended for Pre-K – 3 grade
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks at home, the state will provide testing for staff and students
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 5,042 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 48,768)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 13.1% — 9th largest increase (from 42,393 to 47,929)
> Population: 967,000

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Florida
> Re-closing schools: Some Florida schools went fully remote for 2 weeks following Thanksgiving, and will go again for 2 weeks following the Christmas and New Year break. A new executive order has been issued extending remote and hybrid learning options.
> Mask or face covering rules: Up to each school
> Health screening precautions: Set up secondary clinic for kids showing symptoms
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 5,486 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest (total: 1,168,483)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 6.6% — 10th smallest increase (from 1,083,362 to 1,155,335)
> Population: 21.3 million

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Georgia
> Re-closing schools: Scattered school closures have happened all over the state. Windsor Forest High School in Chatham County is among the latest to shut down due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections until Jan. 11, 2021. Ware County Schools are closing for the early for the holidays due to a rise in COVID-19 cases among staff.
> Mask or face covering rules: Personal choice
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 4,698 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 494,173)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 7.1% — 12th smallest increase (from 456,113 to 488,338)
> Population: 10.5 million