Special Report

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

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Alabama
> Re-closing schools: At least 3 counties are delaying the start of in-person instruction by a week after the second semester starts. Calhoun County Schools will be online full-time.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 7,860 per 100,000 people — 18th highest (total: 384,184)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 7.7% — 19th largest increase (from 356,820 to 384,184)
> Population: 4.9 million

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Alaska
> Re-closing schools: Anchorage School District delayed plans for in-person instruction, which was supposed to start in November, until further notice.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature and symptom screening for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 6,631 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 48,899)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 5.2% — 15th smallest increase (from 46,483 to 48,899)
> Population: 737,000

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Arizona
> Re-closing schools: Mesa Public Schools, the largest public school district in Arizona, moved to remote learning at the beginning of the spring semester. All schools in Balsz Elementary School District remain closed.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 8,151 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 584,593)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 12.1% — 4th largest increase (from 512,489 to 574,680)
> Population: 7.2 million

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Arkansas
> Re-closing schools: At least 113 schools are in communities with high COVID-19 spread. Dozens of schools have moved to remote learning. At least one school in the Earle School District closed indefinitely, classes were moved online.
> Health screening recommendations: To have screening stations and screening signs
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 8,049 per 100,000 people — 13th highest (total: 242,593)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 7.4% — 25th largest increase (from 222,430 to 238,888)
> Population: 3.0 million

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California
> Re-closing schools: 54 counties, which have 99.67% of K-12 students are in the purple “widespread” tier and can’t begin offering in-person instruction. Schools are required to close when at least 5% of staff and students test positive for Covid-19 within a 14-day period.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks, hand-washing required before entering school
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 6,275 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 2,482,226)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 11.9% — 6th largest increase (from 2,218,142 to 2,482,226)
> Population: 39.6 million