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

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Alabama
> Current measures taken: Several counties delayed the start of in-person instruction in the second semester. Montgomery Public Schools reverted to an all-virtual format on Feb. 1
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 9,684 per 100,000 people — 12th highest (total: 473,348)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.8% — 25th largest increase (from 459,639 to 472,423)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 1,810 per 100,000 people — the lowest (total: 88,453)
> Population: 4.9 million

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Alaska
> Current measures taken: Five Mat-Su schools temporarily closed to in-person learning in Feb. after several positive cases. Several large school districts started reopening to in-person learning in Jan. 2021. Anchorage School District reopened on Jan. 19.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature and symptom screening for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 7,493 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 55,259)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 1.7% — 11th smallest increase (from 54,351 to 55,259)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 5,534 per 100,000 people — 2nd highest (total: 40,812)
> Population: 737,000

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Arizona
> Current measures taken: The largest public school district moved to remote learning. K-12 teachers in Mesa and other areas are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 10,916 per 100,000 people — 6th highest (total: 782,887)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.9% — 22nd largest increase (from 758,404 to 780,637)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,249 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 161,324)
> Population: 7.2 million

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Arkansas
> Current measures taken: Dozens of schools have moved to remote learning. At least one school in Earle School District went remote indefinitely. Educators have been able to get vaccinated as of Jan 18.
> Health screening recommendations: To have screening stations and screening signs
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 10,199 per 100,000 people — 9th highest (total: 307,373)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 3.9% — 9th largest increase (from 295,268 to 306,736)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 3,121 per 100,000 people — 20th highest (total: 94,058)
> Population: 3.0 million

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California
> Current measures taken: Almost all K-12 students are in the purple “widespread” tier and can’t begin offering in-person instruction. Schools are required to close when 5% of staff and students test positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period. Schools in Los Angeles won’t reopen for in-person instruction while infection rates are high in local communities and teachers are not vaccinated.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks, hand-washing required before entering school
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 8,460 per 100,000 people — 25th lowest (total: 3,346,340)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.9% — 23rd largest increase (from 3,243,348 to 3,335,926)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,144 per 100,000 people — 5th lowest (total: 847,993)
> Population: 39.6 million

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