Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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New Mexico
> Re-closing schools: The Public Education Department paused the reopening of schools for in-person instruction, no districts are allowed to start a hybrid model during the new, tighter restrictions. Rio Rancho Public Schools are moving to full-time online instruction until Jan. 18, 2021.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for students and staff
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 5,935 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest (total: 124,357)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 11.8% — 14th largest increase (from 111,202 to 124,357)
> Population: 2.1 million

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New York
> Re-closing schools: NYC schools were closed until Dec. 7. After that, only elementary schools opened for students whose parents agree to a weekly testing regimen for the coronavirus.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 4,173 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 815,469)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 9.8% — 23rd largest increase (from 733,064 to 804,555)
> Population: 19.5 million

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North Carolina
> Re-closing schools: Some Cumberland County Schools schools will reopen in January 2021. The Johnston County school board voted 5-2 to suspend in-person classes.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for teachers and students K-12
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 4,408 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 457,660)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 10.1% — 20th largest increase (from 410,527 to 451,874)
> Population: 10.4 million

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North Dakota
> Re-closing schools: The state started free rapid testing for K-12 teachers, staff and administrators. Fargo and West Fargo school districts were first. High school winter sports and extracurricular activities were suspended statewide until Dec. 14.
> Mask or face covering rules: Recommended, especially if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Testing for COVID-19 based on risk level
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 11,718 per 100,000 people — the highest (total: 89,063)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 6.4% — 7th smallest increase (from 83,342 to 88,686)
> Population: 760,000

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Ohio
> Re-closing schools: At least 7 school districts in Northeast Ohio went fully remote in November due a spike in positive cases in the district.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 5,100 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 596,178)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 12.4% — 11th largest increase (from 520,112 to 584,766)
> Population: 11.7 million