Special Report

This Is What Every State Is Doing to Manage Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Virginia
> Current measures taken: Henrico County Schools delayed in-person reopening. Fairfax County Public Schools moved some students to full-time remote learning. Gov. Ralph Northam directed all schools to offer some in-person learning by March 15, and consider summer school to make up for lost time.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screenings
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 6,232 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 530,825)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 4.8% — 5th largest increase (from 504,779 to 529,125)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,455 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 209,104)
> Population: 8.5 million

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Washington
> Current measures taken: Health officials recommended holding off on expanding in-person learning due to resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Public school in Seattle delayed reopening for in-person instruction until Jan 28.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 4,248 per 100,000 people — 5th lowest (total: 320,146)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.7% — 25th smallest increase (from 311,597 to 320,146)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,570 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 193,678)
> Population: 7.5 million

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West Virginia
> Current measures taken: Elementary, middle, and many high schools started reopening for in-person instruction on Jan 19.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 6,928 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 125,106)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 3.1% — 20th largest increase (from 121,001 to 124,708)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 5,798 per 100,000 people — the highest (total: 104,711)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Wisconsin
> Current measures taken: Pre-K-8 schools will attend in-person instruction regardless of their county’s level of transmission. Counties are encouraged to resume in-person instruction at least two, preferably four or five, days per week.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks recommended
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 9,458 per 100,000 people — 14th highest (total: 549,826)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 1.4% — 4th smallest increase (from 542,415 to 549,826)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,738 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 159,160)
> Population: 5.8 million

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Wyoming
> Current measures taken: Students don’t have to quarantine if, when exposed, both the infected student and close contacts were wearing face coverings.
> Health screening recommendations: Each school district to come up with its own safety measures
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 9,109 per 100,000 people — 19th highest (total: 52,627)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 1.4% — 6th smallest increase (from 51,912 to 52,627)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,896 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest (total: 16,729)
> Population: 578,000

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