Special Report

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

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Hawaii
> Re-closing schools: Some schools are extending the first phase of reopening for in-person instruction, which consists of half-day classes for vulnerable students.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screenings
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 1,571 per 100,000 people — 2nd lowest (total: 22,310)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 5.2% — 14th smallest increase (from 21,209 to 22,310)
> Population: 1.4 million

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Idaho
> Re-closing schools: All schools in Boise School District went fully remote after Thanksgiving break. The Emmett School District now requires all students and staff to wear masks.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 8,329 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 146,106)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 4.5% — 10th smallest increase (from 139,864 to 146,106)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Illinois
> Re-closing schools: Chicago Public Schools will return to in-person learning on Jan 11, but high school students will continue remote. Catholic schools now have the option to transition to remote learning.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screenings and temperature checks for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 7,912 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 1,008,045)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 4.6% — 11th smallest increase (from 955,380 to 999,288)
> Population: 12.7 million

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Indiana
> Re-closing schools: All schools in Marion County went fully remote until mid-January. About half of school districts in Indiana have moved to full-time virtual learning for various periods of time.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 8,167 per 100,000 people — 10th highest (total: 546,499)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 6.8% — 20th smallest increase (from 505,017 to 539,229)
> Population: 6.7 million

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Iowa
> Re-closing schools: 33 counties have a 14-day rolling average positivity rate at or above 15%, which is the threshold that must be met before school districts can request to go to online-only learning.
> Health screening recommendations: Each school to come up with its own safety measures
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 9,233 per 100,000 people — 5th highest (total: 291,394)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 3.9% — 6th smallest increase (from 278,600 to 289,464)
> Population: 3.2 million