When will school open? Here’s a state-by-state list

When will schools open back up? How will schools open back up? Is there going to be school this year? These are the questions on every parent’s mind these days. TODAY Parents has collected the latest information from every state and the largest school districts in every state. While some […]

When will schools open back up? How will schools open back up? Is there going to be school this year?

These are the questions on every parent’s mind these days. TODAY Parents has collected the latest information from every state and the largest school districts in every state. While some schools are planning to start the new school year with in-person instruction, many others are offering online options or a hybrid model. Please note: We’ll keep updating this story, but the situation is changing rapidly, so please check with your local school district for the latest.

Need help deciding what to do about school this year? See our story with expert advice on how to make the decision.

In the meantime, here’s what we know about schools re-opening this year:

Alabama

On June 26, State Superintendent Eric Mackey announced that all Alabama public schools should reopen on time. However, districts ultimately have the final say, and schools must provide remote learning opportunities for students who are unable to return to school.

Jefferson County Schools: Students can choose to participate in in-person instruction, remote learning or virtual learning, which is another form of online instruction that is taught by an outside vendor. If a health order that mandates 50% capacity is put in place, a blended model will be implemented that combines in-person and remote learning.

Baldwin County Public Schools: Students can choose to resume in-person instruction or virtual learning on Aug. 12.

Mobile County Public School System: MCPSS will announce their plans for the 2020-2021 school year in mid-July.

Alaska

The Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education and Early Development put together a framework called “Alaska Smart Start 2020” to guide the reopening of schools across the state. The framework provides actionable steps for schools operating in low risk, medium risk and high risk environments.

Anchorage School District: Students can choose between ASD in School and ASD at Home. ASD in School will be traditional, in-person instruction, and ASD at Home provides students with the option to learn via full-time virtual instruction or home schooling.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District: MSBSD has prepared a plan for at-home online learning, at-school learning, and a blended model. The blended model will go into effect if there is a mild outbreak in the area, so half the student body will be on campus for one week and at home for the next week.

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District: Because Alaska is currently in the low and medium risk categories, students will be able to return to in-person instruction or choose virtual learning. If the situation worsens, students will all switch to virtual learning.

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Arizona

Gov. Doug Ducey has delayed the reopening of in-person instruction until at least Aug. 17 due to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the state. Schools can choose to begin online instruction earlier, but no in-person classes can begin before the August start date.

Mesa Unified School District: Remote learning will begin on Aug. 4 until it is safe to resume in-person instruction.

Tucson Unified School District: Online instruction will begin on Aug. 10, but students who want in-person learning will be able to transition once it is safe.

Peoria Unified School District: Virtual instruction will begin on Aug. 5, and the first three days will be half days to help students acclimate to the completely online learning environment. The district does plan to eventually return to in-person instruction, but there is no set date yet.

Arkansas

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has repeatedly said in-person instruction should resume in the fall, but schools need to be ready with a virtual curriculum as well.

Little Rock School District: Students can choose to attend in-person or online for the 2020-2021 school year. An updated plan will be announced on July 13.

Springdale School District: Students have the options to attend school in-person or online.

Bentonville Public Schools: In-person instruction will resume, but students and teachers should be prepared to switch to online if they get sick. Full-time virtual learning is also an option for students for the fall semester.

California

In a press conference on July 8, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that health and local education officials will make the final decisions regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

Los Angeles Unified School District: No plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

San Diego Unified School District: Students will resume class on Aug. 31 and can choose to attend school in person, online or a combination of both.

Long Beach Unified School District: Class will begin on Sept. 1, and students will be able to choose between in-person instruction and at least one other digital learning option.

Colorado

According to the Colorado Department of Education’s website, the most likely scenarios for schools during the 2020-2021 school year include a mix of remote and in-person learning.

Denver Public Schools: In-person instruction is set to resume on Aug. 17, but students can also choose to participate in completely virtual learning.

Jefferson County Public Schools: Students can choose to resume in-person learning or remote learning.

Cherry Creek School District: Students can resume in-person learning or continue online learning. The district also has a post-COVID-19 model, which means that all normal school systems would resume.

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Connecticut

On June 25, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that schools across all districts will be able to resume in-person instruction

New Haven Public Schools: Students will have the option to resume in-person instruction or online instruction for the fall of 2020.

Bridgeport Public Schools: Students will resume in-person instruction in the fall.

Hartford Public Schools: Students have the option to resume in-person instruction in the fall, but are being asked to take a survey to help the district make further decisions.

Delaware

Gov. John Carney said at a press briefing on July 7 that Delaware’s goal is to allow for “as much in-person instruction as possible in a way that is safe.” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting is reviewing a series of recommendations, so no official plan has been released.

Red Clay Consolidated School District: No plans have been announced for the upcoming school year, but the district is asking students and families to take a survey by July 13 to help them plan.

Christina School District: There have been no official announcements about the 2020-2021 school year.

Appoquinimink School District: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Florida

Richard Corcoran, Florida’s commissioner of education, signed an executive order on July 6 requiring all schools to open and “provide the full array of services that are required by law.” The order says that remote instruction can happen so long as it allows for interaction with students’ peers and teachers.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Students have the option to attend school in-person or online in August.

Broward County Public Schools: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year, but the district is asking parents to fill out a questionnaire by July 10 to help them determine what options to make available in the fall.

Hillsborough County Public Schools: Students can choose to participate in virtual or in-person instruction when classes resume on Aug. 10.

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Georgia

Georgia’s State Board of Education released guidelines encouraging districts to utilize remote instruction, in-person learning or a combination of both.

Gwinnett County Public Schools: Students are set to begin classes on Aug. 12 and can choose between in-person or virtual instruction.

Cobb County Schools: The start of the school year has been delayed until Aug. 17, and students can choose between virtual and in-person instruction.

DeKalb County School District: No official plans have been released for the 2020-2021 school year.

Hawaii

Hawaii State Department of Education: Classes are set to resume on Aug. 4, and students will be able to receive instruction in-person, online or through a blended model.

Idaho

Gov. Brad Little and the Idaho State Board of Education and State Department of Education released a back-to-school framework on July 9. The framework says that students are likely going to return to in-person instruction in the fall, but schools are also encouraged to prepare virtual and hybrid models of learning.

West Ada School District: Students can choose between in-person and virtual instruction.

Boise Independent School District: No plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Nampa School District: Students can choose between in-person or online instruction.

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Illinois

On June 23, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced his plan to resume in-person instruction for the upcoming school year. Schools will be required to mandate face masks, limit gatherings to less than 50 people, maintain social distancing, increase cleaning efforts and conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks.

Chicago Public Schools: No official plan has been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

School District U-46: There is no concrete plan for the beginning of the school year, but Superintendent Tony Sanders announced on July 8 that full-time in-person instruction will likely not resume initially. Subcommittees will continue to develop a hybrid model.

Rockford Public Schools: No official plan has been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Indiana

In a press conference on July 8, Gov. Eric Holcomb said officials in Indiana will examine factors like the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and positive cases as well as the state’s testing ability and contact tracing ability when determining whether to open schools.

Fort Wayne Community Schools: No official plan has been announced for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Indianapolis Public Schools : No official plan has been announced for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation: Students will resume in-person instruction on Aug. 5, but students who need to quarantine and those with health issues will be able to pursue online instruction.

Iowa

On June 25, education officials in Iowa released guidelines that allow schools to resume normal activities on July 1. Social distancing, masks, and routine health checks are not required.

Des Moines Independent Community School District: Students can choose to participate in an exclusively online model of instruction from Aug. 26 to Oct. 28, or they can begin the year using a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction.

Cedar Rapids Community School District: No official plan has been announced for the 2020-2021 school year, but it is expected to be released at the end of July or early in August.

Davenport Community School District: The school year will begin on Aug. 24, but no official plan has been announced as to what it will look like.

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Kansas

Wichita Unified School District: The final plan for the 2020-2021 school year will be released on July 20, but a preliminary plan announced on June 30 detailed the district’s intent to resume in-person instruction. Parents will also have the option to enroll students in online learning.

Olathe Public Schools: Students will resume classes on Aug. 13 or 14, and parents can choose to enroll them in virtual or in-person instruction.

Shawnee Mission School District: No final plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year, but drafted plans for elementary, middle and high schoolers have been released. In all three drafts, students will have the options of in-person or online learning.

Kentucky

The Kentucky Department of Education has published a series of considerations for schools as they draft their reopening plans. This includes guidance on transportation, facilities and logistics, safety and alternative learning design strategies. The department recommends creating plans for remote learning in addition to in-person instruction.

Jefferson County Public Schools: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year, but they are expected to be released in mid-July.

Fayette County Public Schools: Students are expected to resume in-person instruction during the week of Aug. 24, but the district launched a survey on July 1 to get more feedback from families.

Boone County Schools: Students are expected to return to an in-person model of instruction at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, but should also be prepared to participate in a virtual or hybrid model if it is deemed necessary.

Louisiana

On June 25, the Louisiana Department of Education released a series of guidelines and resources to help schools reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. The department recommends schools should prepare in-person, virtual and hybrid learning scenarios.

Jefferson Parish Public Schools: Students are set to resume classes in-person on Aug. 6, but teachers are prepared for the possibility of using hybrid and virtual models as well.

East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools: Students will either begin school virtually on Aug. 6 with the option to resume in-person instruction through a hybrid model on Sept. 9, or they will start out with the hybrid model from the beginning. The hybrid model means that kids would receive in-person instruction two days a week and virtual instruction three days a week.

Caddo Parish Public Schools: Caddo Parish schools have three possible plans for reopening. Students might be taking classes virtually, in-person, or as a combination of both, but the district has not yet announced the model they plan to use when school starts.

Maine

The Maine Department of Education has published a framework for schools that are planning to return to in-person instruction.

Portland Public Schools: One of three possible scenarios will be chosen in August for students at Portland Public Schools. Students will resume in-person instruction, completely virtual instruction or a hybrid of the two.

Lewiston Public Schools: No plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Bangor School Department: Students are expected to resume in-person instruction in the fall.

Maryland

After President Trump announced plans to cut funding to schools if they do not resume in-person instruction, Gov. Larry Hogan said that Maryland is “not going to take any bullying, and the state is going to make the best decisions that we can based on the science and what the educators and the public health officials say.”

Montgomery County Public Schools: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Prince George’s County Public Schools: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Baltimore County Public Schools: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year, but a draft of a reopening plan will be presented to the Board of School Commissioners on July 28.

Massachusetts

On June 25, Jeffery Riley, the commissioner of elementary and secondary education in Massachusetts, released guidelines for schools planning to reopen. The guidelines are primarily aimed to help schools prepare for in-person learning, but the DESE is requiring schools to plan for hybrid and remote learning as well.

Boston Public Schools: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Springfield Public Schools: No official plan has been announced for the 2020-2021 school year, but the district has said it will create in-person, remote and hybrid learning models for students.

Worcester Public Schools: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Michigan

On July 8, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she is worried about schools reopening during the pandemic and will not send kids back unless it is safe. Whitmer had previously released a series of guidelines June 30 that outline the minimum health and safety requirements necessary for reopening.

Detroit Public Schools Community District: Students can choose in-person instruction or virtual instruction.

Utica Community Schools: Students will start the school year with in-person instruction, completely virtual instruction, or a blended model of the two.

Dearborn Public Schools: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health released guidelines for schools that encourage them to prepare in-person, virtual and hybrid plans for reopening. Gov. Tim Walz will announce the model that schools should use during the week of July 27.

Anoka-Hennepin School District: No official plan has been announced for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, but the district is expected to announce whether they plan to utilize an in-person, virtual or hybrid model by the week of July 27.

St. Paul Public Schools: No official plans have been released for the 2020-2021 school year, but students are expected to resume classes on Sept. 8 or 10 in an in-person, virtual or hybrid format.

Minneapolis Public Schools: No official plans have been released for the 2020-2021 school year. The district is awaiting more guidance from the state.

Mississippi

At a briefing on July 8, Gov. Tate Reeves said he is committed to opening schools in a safe way this fall.

DeSoto County School District: Students are set to resume in-person classes on Aug. 6, but parents can also choose to enroll their kids in online instruction.

Jackson Public School District: No official plans have been announced for the upcoming school year, but Superintendent Errick Greene has said the final plan will be released before July 17.

Rankin County School District: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year, but they are supposed to be released before July 17.

Missouri

On July 9, Gov. Mike Parson, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Health and Senior Services released guidelines for school reopenings across the state. The guidelines include recommendations for screening, social distancing and face coverings.

Springfield Public School District: Students are set to begin school on Aug. 24, but no official plans have been released detailing what that will look like. The district is supposed to announce their reopening strategy at the end of July.

St. Louis Public Schools: No plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Rockwood School District: Students can choose to take classes in-person or online. A more detailed plan will be released on July 20.

Montana

Gov. Steve Bullock announced reopenings for school districts will have three phases. His plan says schools may reopen for in-person schooling, but it ultimately depends on a given community’s circumstances.

Billings Elementary School District: Montana’s largest district is reopening according to superintendent Greg Upham, although the plans for in-person instruction have yet to be released.

Great Falls Elementary School District: Great Falls has not issued an official statement regarding its plans to reopen in the fall.

Missoula County Public Schools: The district announced its intentions to reopen schools for “in person, face-to-face instruction” for the 2020-2021 school year

Nebraska

The Nebraska Department of Education has a Launch Nebraska website that will provide guidance on districts returning to in-person instruction.

Omaha Public Schools: On June 26, the district unveiled a plan to divide students into two groups, with each attending in-person school for half of the week.

Lincoln Public Schools: Lincoln Public School said it has plans to have students return in the fall, but could reduce the number of students attending in-person instruction to maintain social distancing practices.

Millard Public Schools: Superintendent Jim Suftin said the district intends to open buildings for fall on Monday, Aug. 10, he wrote in a letter.

Nevada

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive on June 7 enabling Nevada schools to reopen buildings and athletic facilities.

Clark County School District: The district is still in the deliberation stages. Currently, the district is proposing a hybrid model consisting of two in-person classroom days and three days of remote learning.

Washoe County School District: The district’s board of trustees approved a plan to return to school for 2020 if COVID-19 levels remain low and if the Nevada State Board of Education approves the reopening plan. Middle schools and high schools intend to operate at 50% capacity with students attending in-person instruction for half the week.

Elko County School District: A reopening task force formed in early June, but a decision has not been made. The district is surveying families about reopening schools and remote learning challenges along with health parameters.

New Hampshire

Gov. Chris Sununu stated that he hopes to have a definitive answer on the issue of schools reopening by mid-July. A reopening proposal is pending approval by the state epidemiologist.

Manchester School District: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Nashua School District: Nashua is poised for a hybrid model and is in the process of getting Chromebooks in the hands of every student.

Concord School District: A Concord task force is still in the discussion phases, but members are considering a hybrid model for the fall.

New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy and Department of Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet released The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education” on June 26. The report stated that public schools will open for in-person instruction “in some capacity” at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. It also outlines that schools must allow for social distancing and require face coverings in their district proposals.

Newark Public School District: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

East Orange School District: On its website East Orange has its first full day of school scheduled for Sept 8, but it has yet to release a comprehensive return plan.

Irvington Public Schools School District: Superintendent Kristopher Harrison stated that they need “more voices at the table and much more time” to craft a plan.

New Mexico

Before July 4, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that if the state takes the necessary precautions and drives down the rate of COVID-19 cases, schools can reopen in the fall. No date has yet been issued for the reopening.

Albuquerque Public Schools: With its school year typically beginning August 12, interim superintendent Scott Elder said they will have a plan by August 1. The district has yet to reveal any proposals.

Las Cruces Public Schools: Along with a “Re-entry Task Force,” Superintendent Dr. Karen Trujillo said the district plans to begin the year with a hybrid model with a maximum 50% attendance policy. As a preventative measure, the district is asking parents to immunize their children before August 12.

Rio Rancho Public Schools: Rio Rancho has yet to release its plans for the fall.

New York

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on June 7 that public schools will not fully reopen come September. Instead, students will attend in-person classes two to three days a week and also have an online option. Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he, not the mayor or even the president, will decide the fate of New York schools for the fall, and that means he could overturn de Blasio’s decision. In a briefing, he said the state will issue guidance on reopening by July 13.

North Carolina

Gov. Roy Cooper warned June 9 that as COVID-19 cases rise in the state, public school openings could be delayed from the state’s initial August school start times.

Wake County Schools: The Wake County Public Schools System school board voted to initiate the state’s “Plan B” option for school reopening. The plan entails dividing the district’s student body into three rotating groups similar to other states’ hybrid models.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools: The district has various reopening plans for when fall instruction is set to resume. They have strategies for a full reopening, a partial reopening and a fully remote model.

Guilford County Schools: On Tuesday, June 7, the district approved two plans for virtual learning.

North Dakota

Gov. Doug Burgum voiced his support for reopening schools. If they do open school buildings, he said, testing will be a large factor. The governor and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction plan to release statewide guidelines in mid-July.

Bismarck School District No. 1: The district intends to move forward with reopening. In a survey posed to the families, 87% supported the plan.

Fargo Public Schools: This fall, Fargo Public Schools will be granting students the option of continuing online distance learning or attending in-person classes, so long as Burgum allows online instruction.

West Fargo Public Schools: The district has not made any official plans known but on its website, it states the school “is prepared for whatever comes at us in the 2020-21 school year.”

Ohio

In a news release, Gov. Mike DeWine issued guidance for schools to reopen. The Ohio Department of Education created a plan that includes considerations around mask wearing and enforcement of safety precautions. Each district will make its own decision, though.

Columbus City School District: On June 30, the district announced that high school students will continue remote learning full time while students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will attend school three days a week and do two days of online learning.

Cleveland Municipal School District: No formal statement has been made yet regarding the district’s decision.

Cincinnati City School District: On its website, the district outlined a comprehensive plan for returning to school in the fall. It includes a blended learning model with in-person classes for two to three days a week. The option remains for students to continue remote learning.

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Education has published Return to Learn Oklahoma: A Framework for Reopening Schools which includes many proposals for how districts can safely return to in-person instruction.

Oklahoma City Public Schools: The district is preparing to return to in-person schooling, with a virtual option for parents who are not comfortable sending their children back to school.

Tulsa Public Schools: The Tulsa Board of Education released its school calendar with a start date of August 31 for in-person classes. They also outlined “distance learning days on Wednesdays,” meaning that students can participate in distance learning, but children requiring additional tutoring can come into the school.

Edmond Public Schools: The district is poised to return to in-person learning on August 13, with the provision in place that they may need to close schools if an outbreak arises. As a contingency plan, the district has a hybrid and a completely remote model.

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Oregon

Last week, Gov. Kate Brown extended the state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic for an additional 60 days. June 7 marked the first meeting of Brown’s “Healthy Schools Reopening Council,” which will work to decide on school openings.

Portland Public Schools: PPS is waiting on guidance from the Oregon Department of Education.

Salem-Keizer School District: According to its website, the district is working to “finalize details” for the 2020-21 school year.

Beaverton School District: Beaverton is offering parents two options: Students can do a hybrid model with in-person learning in smaller groups alternating with remote learning, or they can enroll in a fully online education program.

Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf announced that for districts deciding to return to the classroom, mask wearing is mandatory unless there is room for physical distancing.

Philadelphia City School District: Superintendent William Hite Jr. said that by mid-July, the district will finalize its plan for in-person classes. He added that not all students will likely be returning.

Pittsburgh Public Schools: The district has yet to unveil a final plan, but superintendent Anthony Hamlet said there will be a full-time online learning component. There is also potential for a hybrid model.

Central Bucks School District: The district issued a survey on returning to in-person instruction, but the final plan will likely be determined at the board’s July 28 meeting. Superintendent John Kopicki said Central Bucks anticipates giving an in-person and remote option.

Rhode Island

Gov. Gina Raimondo issued a back-to-school document with the RI Department of Education and the Department of Health. The goal is to achieve 100% in-person instruction, with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Providence Public Schools: Superintendent Harrison Peters is weighing three alternatives for returning to school. The first option would have students arriving at four different start times to their normal school. Option two would have K-5 students attending the school closest to home, while grade 6-8 attend their current school. Option three would have all students attending the nearest school

Cranston Public Schools: Cranston school district issued four proposals for the 2020-21 school year, ranging from full in-person lessons to full distance learning.

Warwick Public Schools: The Warwick district has yet to make any public decisions on reopening, but it will have to submit a fall plan by July 17.

South Carolina

On July 8, a subcommittee of the South Carolina Senate met to deliberate schools opening in the fall. Members discussed the potential for virtual and in-person classes. Most districts have yet to make a decision.

Greenville County School District: No decision has been made, but athletics are unable to resume workouts with high local rates of COVID-19 cases.

Charleston County School District: The district is hoping to return to in-person instruction in the fall, but it is offering a full-time virtual learning program.

Horry County Schools: On July 9, the HCS chairman Ken Richardson said he will ask the school board to delay the start of school to Sept. 8, and that his final back-to-school plans will not be issued until July 27.

South Dakota

Gov. Kristi Noem said that students will be returning in the fall, but is leaving the details to each district.

Sioux Falls School District: District officials announced that they plan for students to return in-person on the August 27 start date, but their precautionary measures remain largely unknown to the public. The district has stated that it will strongly recommend face coverings, but will not require them in the fall.

Rapid City Area School District: A blended learning model is in the works for the district in which parents can determine whether students will attend in-person classes.

Harrisburg School District: No information on the school district’s decision for the fall have been released to the public.

Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee recently extended a state of emergency through August 29. Even so, he is hoping that students can safely return to in-person lessons.

Shelby County Schools: Shelby County school district released a detailed plan for the 2020-21 fall school year on July 6. Parents have until July 18 to determine if they want to send their children to school or have them enroll in an online option. Both are set to start August 13.

Metro Nashville Public Schools: Set to open August 4, the district announced its decision to start the year in a virtual setting until Labor Day, at which point it will reevaluate.

Knox County Schools: Students are poised to head back to school next month, but decisions have yet to be finalized on what precautions the district will take in returning to school buildings.

Texas

June 18 marked the decision to reopen public schools for in-person instruction made my Gov. Greg Abbott. A spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency added that students will be required to wear masks or be subject to COVID-19 testing when they return in the fall.

Houston Independent School District: Parents and students in this district will have to wait for July 15, when plans to reveal new details about the upcoming school are to be released.

Dallas Independent School District: The school district announced on Twitter and on the website that the Board of Trustees will meet later in July to discuss an alternative start date for the 2020-21 school year. In fact, earlier, Superintendent Michale Hinojosa said an August opening is “pretty much in jeopardy.”

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District: While it still needs to finalize plans for the school year, the district will likely have face-to-face learning and virtual instruction.

Utah

Gov. Gary Herbert has ordered on July 9, that all K-12 schools in the state must require face coverings. However, he did not extend this mandate to everyone in Utah. Last week, he approved the Board of Education’s plan for reopening schools in the fall.

Alpine School District: Plans for in-person classes to begin August 18, as well as online options were announced on July 6.

Davis School District: The district recently outlined its intentions to return for in-person instruction with a plan known as “The Big Five.” The name refers to the five main safety precautions: hygiene etiquette, staying home when sick, cloth face masks, physical distancing, clean and disinfect.

Granite School District: Prior to Gov. Herbert’s July 9, mandate, the district required masks for employees, but only “strongly encouraged” them for students. Further plans will be made over the next few weeks.

Vermont

Last month, Vermont officials and Gov. Phil Scott gave approval for K-12 schools to reopen in the fall. As part of the initiative, students and staff will be subject to daily temperature checks and districts need to have alternatives in the event schools need to close.

Champlain Valley School District: The district has yet to publicize its plan for reopening in the fall.

Burlington School District: New Burlington School District Superintendent Tom Flanagan, outlined a 100-day plan for the district’s reopening set for August 26. Among the comprehensive plan, the task force said that students will not eat lunch in the cafeteria and will need to wear masks and undergo temperature screenings.

South Burlington School District: The district has not released its plan, but it will likely include mandatory face coverings, temperature checks and a reduction of students in a given classroom.

Virginia

The Virginia Department of Education along with Gov. Ralph Northam issued guidelines in June for a relaxed opening of the schools with proper social distancing and safety precautions. Currently, the plan is a blended model with virtual and physical learning, although the goal is to achieve in-person classes for all.

Fairfax County Public Schools: The county school board has delayed the start of fall instruction by two weeks, from Aug 25 to Sept. 8. The hope is that in doing so, the board will have more time to plan the safest return for in-person classes.

Prince William County Public Schools: The district has outlined four plans and has said that some form of remote learning is guaranteed. The plans of action range from a completely remote experience to a return to normalcy, albeit with social distancing practices in place.

Loudoun County Public Schools: As with Fairfax County Public Schools, LCPS announced on July 8 that they would table its return to school method discussion to July 15 at 8 a.m. Right now, the options are 100% virtual learning or a hybrid model similar to many other districts.

Washington

With no definite verdict on schools opening one way or another, Gov. Jay Inslee said that the decision will be made by the state of Washington, not the White House. Inslee said he is hopeful schools can return to in-person instruction, but only if it can be done safely.

Seattle Public Schools: The district’s school board presented a 50-page reopening plan that primarily discusses the possibility of a hybrid model, blending remote and physical learning.

Spokane School District: District board members are hoping to have students return to classrooms Sept. 3, but are presenting multiple plans for parents who feel uncomfortable with the notion of their children coming back to schools.

Lake Washington School District: According to the district’s Twitter page, LWSD is strongly considering a hybrid model that would “combine in-person class time with virtual, distance-learning time.” Under this method, all kindergarten and first grade students would attend school daily.

West Virginia

During a press briefing, Gov. Jim Justice said he is hoping to reopen school buildings in all 55 counties for in-person instruction by the tentative date of Sept. 8. As part of this, anyone over age 9 must wear a face covering.

Kanawha County Schools: The district released a survey to gauge interest and concern from parents regarding in-person classroom learning. From the survey results, the board will finalize a decision.

Berkeley County Schools: On June 23, board members and Cane Bay High School assistant principal Dr. Taylor Bradley presented a blended learning model in which students would participate in live online classes with teachers streaming on Google Meets.

Cabell County Schools: The district is working on a plan that would see students returning to a five-day in-person school week; however they have a backup hybrid model. Final decisions will not be made until mid-July.

Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers has left the decision for schools reopening to each individual district. However, he added in a press briefing on July 7, he believes in-person class time is preferable.

Milwaukee School District: The district is weighing numerous options. If virtual lessons remain, the district assured parents that every student would be equipped with the proper technology.

Madison Metropolitan School District: The district has only a preliminary plan for reopening schools in the fall. A news release from MMSD outlined three options: an all-remote learning environment, all in-person learning and a hybrid model.

Kenosha School District: KSD started deliberations back on June 19, and so far nothing has been announced.

Wyoming

Under the guidance of Gov. Mark Gordon, the COVID-19 Education Task Force released its Smart Start plan to get students back in the classroom. School districts must submit their own Smart Start plans to the Department of Education by Aug. 3.

Laramie County School District No. 1: The district announced it is hoping to start school “as normal — or as normal as we can,” Superintendent Boyd Brown said. The district will be implementing a remote option as well.

Natrona County School District No. 1: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

Campbell County School District No. 1: No official plans have been announced for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Editor’s note: This story was first published in the spring of 2020 with information about school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest news on when and how schools will reopen across the country. We’ll do our best to keep adding school districts and updating the story as new information comes available, but please check with your own local school district for the most up-to-date information. And hang in there!

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