Special Report

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

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Kansas
> Re-closing schools: Schools in small and big towns have moved classes online full-time. As of Dec. 11, Wichita school district staff with COVID-19 accounted for 799 of the 1,182 cases the district has reported since Aug. 8.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks for staff
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 8,134 per 100,000 people — 12th highest (total: 236,818)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 6.5% — 18th smallest increase (from 222,433 to 236,818)
> Population: 2.9 million

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Kentucky
> Re-closing schools: Middle schools and high schools remained in remote learning until Jan. 4. Perry County moved to online learning, adding makeup days at the end of the academic year.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 6,413 per 100,000 people — 20th lowest (total: 286,541)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 8.0% — 16th largest increase (from 265,262 to 286,541)
> Population: 4.5 million

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Louisiana
> Re-closing schools: High school students across the state are required to do in-person testing. Some schools in Baton Rouge will remain fully remote until the end of the fall semester. New Orleans public schools returned to in-person learning on Jan 4.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 7,254 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 338,054)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 7.2% — 25th smallest increase (from 311,229 to 333,524)
> Population: 4.7 million

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Maine
> Re-closing schools: Some schools are forced to move fully remote due to staffing shortages. 4 of Maine’s 16 counties are in the “yellow” category of transmission, meaning schools may want to suspend extracurricular activities and limit the number of people in buildings at on
> Health screening recommendations: Daily self-checks for students and staff
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 2,064 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 27,625)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 15.3% — the largest increase (from 23,499 to 27,090)
> Population: 1.3 million

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Maryland
> Re-closing schools: Many schools districts are canceling plans to move to in-person instruction any time soon.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks for staff
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 4,896 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 295,874)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 7.0% — 22nd smallest increase (from 273,689 to 292,904)
> Population: 6.0 million