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How Each State Is Managing Schools During the Pandemic

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Oklahoma
> Re-closing schools: At least 17 schools districts in the state are moving to online learning due to a rise in coronavirus cases. More than half of all Oklahoma schools districts have reported COVID-19 cases.
> Mask or face covering rules: Encouraged for staff and students
> Health screening precautions: Daily temperature checks at home recommended
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 6,295 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 248,204)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 10.0% — 21st largest increase (from 222,993 to 245,229)
> Population: 3.9 million

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Oregon
> Re-closing schools: Schools can reopen for grades 4-12 if counties have 10 or fewer positive cases per 100,000 residents, and up to 30 cases per 100,000 for other students.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for staff and students
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 2,329 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 97,622)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 10.3% — 17th largest increase (from 87,082 to 96,092)
> Population: 4.2 million

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Pennsylvania
> Re-closing schools: All Montgomery County public and private K-12 schools moved to full-time remote learning until Dec. 6. Public school teachers must follow face-covering mandates. Schools must close if they reach a certain number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: Daily symptom screening
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 4,133 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest (total: 529,335)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 16.6% — 5th largest increase (from 445,317 to 519,369)
> Population: 12.8 million

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Rhode Island
> Re-closing schools: All public school districts can reopen for in-person instruction after the winter holiday break — January 7 — at the earliest.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required if social distancing is difficult
> Health screening precautions: At-home or on-site symptom screening, temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 7,310 per 100,000 people — 7th highest (total: 77,290)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 11.6% — 15th largest increase (from 68,299 to 76,209)
> Population: 1.1 million

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South Carolina
> Re-closing schools: Orangeburg County schools going online through the winter break. Greenwood School District 52 returned to the hybrid schedule due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Public schools across started testing for COVID-19 for free in an attempt to help keep classrooms open.
> Mask or face covering rules: Required for students and staff who ride the state’s pupil transportation system
> Health screening precautions: Up to each school
> COVID-19 cases as of Dec 17: 5,169 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 262,774)
> Change in trailing 7-day avg. daily cases, Dec 9 – Dec 16: 8.6% — 19th smallest increase (from 239,444 to 260,119)
> Population: 5.1 million

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