Special Report

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

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Massachusetts
> Re-closing schools: In-person instruction in Boston will resume when there are 2 full weeks of falling infection rates. The state started a free rapid COVID-19 testing program. The Marshfield School District went remote after 32 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed.
> Health screening recommendations: Monitoring for symptoms, but temperature checks are not recommended
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 5,854 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 404,053)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 9.8% — 8th largest increase (from 367,918 to 404,053)
> Population: 6.9 million

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Michigan
> Re-closing schools: Many schools in the most populous counties stayed closed until after the winter break. High schools were allowed to resume in-person learning on Jan 4.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 5,517 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 551,498)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 4.3% — 8th smallest increase (from 528,621 to 551,498)
> Population: 10.0 million

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Minnesota
> Re-closing schools: At least 17 of the state’s 20 largest school districts are in distance learning for middle and high school students. Minnesota elementary schools can reopen Jan. 18.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 7,656 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 429,570)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 3.5% — 4th smallest increase (from 413,107 to 427,587)
> Population: 5.6 million

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Mississippi
> Re-closing schools: 1,076 staff and 621 students across the state tested positive for COVID-19 between Dec 7 – Dec 11, slightly less than the peak period between Nov 30 – Dec 4.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 7,642 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 228,235)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 7.1% — 24th smallest increase (from 213,055 to 228,235)
> Population: 3.0 million

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Missouri
> Re-closing schools: New mandates say that if people wear masks correctly and show no symptoms, they don’t have to quarantine for 14 days if exposed.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening
> COVID-19 cases as of Jan 7: 6,732 per 100,000 people — 24th highest (total: 412,426)
> Change avg. daily cases, Dec 30 – Jan 6: 5.0% — 13th smallest increase (from 388,856 to 408,443)
> Population: 6.1 million