Special Report

How Each State Is Managing Schools Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Virginia
> Re-closing schools: Henrico County Schools delay in-person reopening. Fairfax County Public Schools in moving Group 3 students to full-time remote learning. Richmond Public Schools cancelled winter sports.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screenings
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 4,493 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 382,679)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 9.6% — 10th largest increase (from 344,345 to 377,300)
> Population: 8.5 million

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Washington
> Re-closing schools: Health officials in Thurston County recommend holding off on expanding in-person learning due to resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Public school in Seattle won’t open for in-person instruction until at least Jan 28.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 3,460 per 100,000 people — 5th lowest (total: 260,752)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 7.6% — 22nd largest increase (from 242,330 to 260,752)
> Population: 7.5 million

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West Virginia
> Re-closing schools: Elementary, middle, and many high schools will reopen for in-person instruction starting Jan 19.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 5,316 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 96,002)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 12.4% — 3rd largest increase (from 84,225 to 94,678)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Wisconsin
> Re-closing schools: Racine Public Health Department ordered schools in Racine, Wind Point, and Elmwood Park to close until Jan 15. Appleton Area School District, the state’s sixth largest, aims to open schools for in-person instruction Jan 19.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks recommended
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 8,575 per 100,000 people — 8th highest (total: 498,538)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 3.7% — 5th smallest increase (from 477,292 to 494,747)
> Population: 5.8 million

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Wyoming
> Re-closing schools: Students don’t have to quarantine anymore if, when exposed, both the infected student and close contacts were wearing face coverings. All students in Wyoming City Schools were moved to remote learning from Jan 4 – Jan 8.
> Health screening recommendations: Each school district to come up with its own safety measures
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 7,943 per 100,000 people — 16th highest (total: 45,890)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 4.0% — 7th smallest increase (from 44,133 to 45,890)
> Population: 578,000