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

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Colorado
> Current measures taken: Many of the biggest school districts in Colorado are fully remote. Public schools in Denver started the spring semester remotely, phasing kids back into classrooms. At least 30 schools have reported COVID-19 outbreaks in January 2021.
> Health screening recommendations: At-home or on-site symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 7,116 per 100,000 people — 12th lowest (total: 405,289)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.3% — 19th smallest increase (from 395,016 to 404,255)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 3,651 per 100,000 people — 10th highest (total: 207,951)
> Population: 5.7 million

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Connecticut
> Current measures taken: Schools are advised to close if they are in an area with an average of 25+ new cases per 100,000 residents in a week.
> Health screening recommendations: To maximize social distancing and for students to bring their own water
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 7,260 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 259,372)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 3.7% — 11th largest increase (from 250,023 to 259,372)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 3,560 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 127,194)
> Population: 3.6 million

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Delaware
> Current measures taken: Hybrid learning resumed on Jan. 11. Sports competitions have been canceled. The DOE is coordinating vaccination for 1,200 teachers and child care educators and school staff at the beginning of Feb.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks at home. The state will provide testing for staff and students
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 8,368 per 100,000 people — 22nd lowest (total: 80,931)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 3.2% — 18th largest increase (from 78,071 to 80,594)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,603 per 100,000 people — 19th lowest (total: 25,179)
> Population: 967,000

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Florida
> Current measures taken: An executive order has been issued extending remote and hybrid learning options. Public schools in Polk County have seen a spike in coronavirus cases in January.
> Health screening recommendations: To set up secondary clinic for kids showing symptoms
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 8,375 per 100,000 people — 23rd lowest (total: 1,783,720)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 3.3% — 17th largest increase (from 1,721,377 to 1,777,983)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,956 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 629,556)
> Population: 21.3 million

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Georgia
> Current measures taken: Atlanta Public Schools, the largest school district in the state, delayed reopening for in-person instruction. Students in grades 3-12 will gradually return to classrooms starting Feb 8.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 8,971 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 943,695)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 3.5% — 15th largest increase (from 909,445 to 940,991)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,090 per 100,000 people — 4th lowest (total: 219,840)
> Population: 10.5 million

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