One year after COVID-19 has changed life as we know it, things are slowly but surely returning to normal for Americans. About 46% of all Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Daily cases are decreasing dramatically and hospitalizations and deaths are dropping to low numbers. 

Along with these hopeful changes, more schools are reopening partially and even fully across the nation, even if just for a few weeks to give students some normalcy.  However, vaccinations won’t begin for kids under 12 for several months. COVID protocols and safety precautions still need to be in place for students, teachers, and school staff to remain safe. Some of these include the implementation of social distancing measures, limiting the number of students in the classroom, as well as installing desk guards to minimize the spread of droplets that can carry the coronavirus. 

READ: How to Talk About COVID Safety to Your Students

Where are schools reopening?

According to Education Week, at least 14 states require in-person instruction to be available in all or some grades either full- or part-time as of April 26. Here’s a map of the status of school reopenings by state using the data compiled by Education Week. 

Education Week’s data and methodology are explained as follows:

  • No order (Yellow) – In-person instruction decisions are currently being made on a local level, with states only providing guidelines or recommendations.
  • Full closure (Dark Red) – In-person instruction is not allowed.
  • Ordered open (Blue) – In-person instruction must be available to all students, either full- or part-time.
  • Partial closure (Light Red) – Full-time in-person instruction is either not allowed in certain regions of the state or is only available for certain age groups. Hybrid instruction may be allowed.
  • Some grades ordered open (Light Blue) – In-person instruction must be available for certain grade levels, either full- or part-time.

State enrollment numbers are from the National Center for Education Statistics. They are from the 2018-19 school year and include adult education students.

For a more detailed look at school reopening, Burbio created a school opening tracker that uses data on the school district level. Here’s a map of their in-person index. 

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