Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Massachusetts
> 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.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for grade 2 and up, encouraged for the rest
> Health screening precautions: Temperature checks are not recommended
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 4,406 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 304,112)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 12.9% — 10th largest increase (from 269,412 to 304,112)
> Population: 6.9 million

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Michigan
> Re-closing schools: Michigan shut all high schools and colleges 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.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for some
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks recommended
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 4,876 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 487,356)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 7.7% — 14th smallest increase (from 448,418 to 482,815)
> Population: 10.0 million

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Minnesota
> Re-closing schools: At least 17 of the state’s 20 largest school districts are in distance learning for middle and high school students. Minnesota elementary schools can reopen Jan. 18.
> 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
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 6,936 per 100,000 people — 12th highest (total: 389,171)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 9.0% — 22nd smallest increase (from 354,590 to 386,412)
> Population: 5.6 million

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Mississippi
> 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
> 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: 6,292 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 187,904)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 8.8% — 20th smallest increase (from 170,672 to 185,643)
> Population: 3.0 million

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Missouri
> Re-closing schools: At least 4 schools in Jefferson County shut down temporarily after the county moved into a “red zone”; new mandates say that if people were wearing mask correctly and show no symptoms, they don’t have to quarantine for 14 days if exposed
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening.
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 5,821 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 356,607)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 6.7% — 11th smallest increase (from 330,846 to 353,038)
> Population: 6.1 million