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

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Kansas
> Current measures taken: Schools in small and big towns have moved classes online full-time. Wichita school district staff accounts for more than half of COVID-19 cases in the district since the start of the school year. Elementary schools in Wichita reopened in mid-January.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks for staff
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 9,719 per 100,000 people — 11th highest (total: 282,960)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.5% — 22nd smallest increase (from 274,685 to 281,562)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,355 per 100,000 people — 11th lowest (total: 68,565)
> Population: 2.9 million

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Kentucky
> Current measures taken: Middle schools and high schools remained in remote learning until Jan. 4. Several schools moved to online learning, adding makeup days at the end of the academic year.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 8,455 per 100,000 people — 24th lowest (total: 377,790)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 4.1% — 8th largest increase (from 362,890 to 377,790)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,860 per 100,000 people — 25th highest (total: 127,793)
> Population: 4.5 million

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Louisiana
> Current measures taken: High school students across the state do in-person COVID-19 testing. New Orleans public schools returned to in-person learning on Jan 4. All of Louisiana is a “red” zone, meaning the highest risk of coronavirus spread.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily symptom screening and temperature checks
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 8,862 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 412,989)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.8% — 24th largest increase (from 400,626 to 411,812)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 3,789 per 100,000 people — 8th highest (total: 176,580)
> Population: 4.7 million

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Maine
> Current measures taken: Some schools are forced to go fully remote due to staffing shortages. Four counties are in the “yellow” category of transmission, and are advised to suspend extracurricular activities. Schools in those counties are advised to consider hybrid learning.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily self-checks for students and staff
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 3,095 per 100,000 people — 3rd lowest (total: 41,419)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 4.8% — 6th largest increase (from 39,324 to 41,218)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 3,321 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 44,447)
> Population: 1.3 million

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Maryland
> Current measures taken: Many schools districts are canceling plans to move to in-person instruction any time soon. Somerset County Public Schools delayed in-person learning a week, until Jan 25. Gov. Larry Hogan wants all school districts to begin hybrid learning by March 1.
> Health screening recommendations: Daily temperature checks for staff
> COVID-19 cases as of Feb 8: 6,033 per 100,000 people — 7th lowest (total: 364,553)
> Change avg. daily cases, Jan 31 – Feb 7: 2.6% — 23rd smallest increase (from 354,473 to 363,650)
> Vaccine 2 doses administered as of Feb 8: 2,496 per 100,000 people — 15th lowest (total: 150,844)
> Population: 6.0 million

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