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

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Hawaii
> Current measures taken: Some schools have been extending the first phase of reopening for in-person instruction, which consists of half-day classes for vulnerable students.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screenings
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 1,863 per 100,000 people — the lowest (total: 26,468)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.4% — 20th smallest increase (from 25,853 to 26,468)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,990 per 100,000 people — 21st highest (total: 42,472)
> Population: 1.4 million

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Idaho
> Current measures taken: All schools in Boise School District went fully remote until mid-January. Some schools have started to require that all students and staff wear masks.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 9,418 per 100,000 people — 16th highest (total: 165,209)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 1.6% — 7th smallest increase (from 162,683 to 165,209)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,047 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 35,910)
> Population: 1.8 million

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Illinois
> Current measures taken: Chicago Public Schools returned to in-person learning on Jan 11, but high school students continue remote. Catholic schools now have the option to transition to remote learning. K-12 teachers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screenings and temperature checks for all
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 8,795 per 100,000 people — 23rd highest (total: 1,120,528)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: -0.5% — the only decrease (from 1,126,301 to 1,120,528)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,348 per 100,000 people — 10th lowest (total: 299,201)
> Population: 12.7 million

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Indiana
> Current measures taken: Pre-K through 3rd grade students in Indianapolis returned to in-person learning full-time Jan 19. Students in higher grades did Jan 25. Quarantines are no longer recommended as long as the exposed students and teachers were at least 3 feet apart and were wearing masks.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 9,575 per 100,000 people — 13th highest (total: 640,744)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.1% — 16th smallest increase (from 626,682 to 639,711)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,332 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 156,083)
> Population: 6.7 million

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Iowa
> Current measures taken: Seven counties in the state have a 14-day rolling average positivity rate at or above 15%, which is the threshold that must be met before school districts can request to go to online-only learning.
> Health screening recommendations: Each school to come up with its own safety measures
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 10,287 per 100,000 people — 7th highest (total: 324,666)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 1.6% — 10th smallest increase (from 319,203 to 324,405)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,836 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 89,506)
> Population: 3.2 million

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