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Alabama schools closed for the rest of year, instruction goes online


Extends the closure of all K-12 public schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year


On March 15, 2021 (or the first Monday after a school's spring break) schools are ordered to return to in-person learning when possible via EO 2021-04. The counties are broken up into four categories, following CDC guidelines. The four categories are Low, Moderate, Substantial, and High Transmission. For the purposes of EO 2021-04, Low and Moderate are treated the same.

  • For counties with Low or Moderate Transmission, all schools will open with in-person and virtual options for instruction. Distancing required as much as possible.
  • For counties with Substantial Transmission, all schools will open with in-person and virtual options for instruction. Distancing required as much as possible. Middle and High Schools may reduce their attendance and increase distancing if necessary.
  • For counties with High Transmission, elementary schools will open with in-person and virtual options for instruction. Distancing required as much as possible. Middle and High Schools will remain open if they're already open, but otherwise may continue with virtual learning.

In Arkansas, all in-person K-12 education has ceased until the Governor issues notice indicating otherwise.


State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement on 2019-20 School Year Amid Current School Safety Cooncerns.

On February 16, 2021 California launched an interactive map that provides a snapshot of school reopenings throughout the state.


Executive Order extending school closures was enacted in March. Recent executive orders allow for the facilitation of learning pods and added flexibility for children learning remotely. The provision for learning pods was most recently extended on February 2, 2021 for 30 days by Executive Order 2021-033.


In Connecticut, there are currently minimal operating restrictions on K-12 schools, and schools are open for in-person education. All school-related sporting events, practices, and competitions are allowed.


In a letter to school leaders, educators and parents on Tuesday, Governor John Carney, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) urged Delaware schools to return to hybrid instruction – a mix of remote and in-person learning – on Monday, January 11. Governor Carney signed Tuesday’s letter with Dr. Karyl Rattay, the Director of Public Health, and Dr. Susan Bunting, the Secretary of Education. The letter urges schools to return to full hybrid instruction on Monday and to prioritize younger and more vulnerable students for in-person learning if operational challenges continue.


All schools to remain open for in-person instruction for the duration of the 2020-21 school year, and school districts required to offer full panoply of services. Parents authorized to choose virtual learning options for children.


Closing public elementary and secondary schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to stop the spread of COVID-19


Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan is the Department's specific response to the impact of the COVID-19 health pandemic on our schools. It articulates the scope of work required to respond to health and safety issues while implementing the Hawaiʻi State Board of Education's call to action for our school communities to give hope, act with kindness and work toward togetherness in preparing to reopen schools. The Hawai‘i Department of Health also issued a comprehensive, 28-page guidance document for all schools to ensure the education of Hawaiʻi’s youth during the pandemic continues with minimal disruption and risk to students, teachers and staff.


K-12 schools in Idaho may re-open and operate various school-adjacent extracurricular activities.


Through February 6, 2021, all public and nonpublic schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students may open for in-person learning after the regular 2019-2020 school term. All schools must follow IDPH and ISBE health guidelines, including but not limited to: using PPE, temperature checks, hygienic practices, social distancing, and limiting people to 50 or fewer in one space.


In Indiana, all K-12 schools may operate in-person instruction. All persons in K-12 schools must wear face coverings while on school grounds or in school-sponsored modes of transportation. All extracurricular activities must adhere to gathering restrictions based on the color-code of the county in which the extracurricular activity is located:

  • Red counties (4 of 92) may allow no more than 25 individuals per activity;

  • Orange counties (59 of 92) may allow no more than 50 individuals per activity;

  • Yellow counties (29 of 92) may allow no more than 100 individuals per activity; and,

  • Blue counties (0 of 92) may allow no more than 250 individuals per activity.


1/29/21: Gov. Kim Reynolds signed S.F. 160, giving Iowa parents the option to send their kids back to school full time. 7/24 Proclimation continues to permit schools to operate primarily by remote-learning in the fall only in certain circumstances. Proclimation 7/17 directs all state agencies, school districts, and local governments to focus on preparing to safely welcome back students and teachers to school in-person in the fall. It also provides clarity for when a school may move to primarily remote learningIowa schools closed through end of academic year as of 4/17/20.


Currently, there are no mandates from Kansas prohibiting the re-opening of schools.


Gov. Beshear signed HB 208, requiring public schools to offer at least two days of in-person instruction each week starting March 29. The bill passed 28-8 in the state Senate on March 3, and the House approved the Senate’s version 81-15 on March 4. Parents can still keep their children in fully remote learning.

Beginning March 1, 2021, all school districts in Kentucky are encouraged to provide some form of in-person instruction. Kentucky has provided guidance for those schools that remain with exclusively online instruction and provided guidance in the instance those schools choose to provide in-person education. First, all public schools must comply with the Kentucky Department of Education's "Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky Schools." Second, all schools in Red Zones should delay in-person instruction until further notice. Third, all schools should follow the COVID-19 Mode of Instruction Metrics for K-12 education. Fourth, meaningful virtual alternatives to school must be made available. Fifth, all schools in Orange or Red Zone Counties that have in-person instruction must accommodate high-risk employees until final doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available. Finally, as of March 2, 2021, all large indoor educational venues may operate at up to 60% capacity.


Plan for reopening schools in fall 2020. Includes health guidelines and best practices for operation of schools.


Governor Mills recommended schools close under the Proclamation of Civil Emergency issued March 15. Governor Mills' Stay at Home Order (EO 28) required schools to close. EO 49 extended this order through 5/31.


Currently, Maryland schools and nonpublic schools are encouraged to re-open for in-person learning. Because the State Department of Education is taking a phased, system-specific approach to re-opening schools, many school systems are open for in-person learning while many are not.

On Jan. 21, 2021, Gov. Hogan said school districts that don’t reopen to in-person instruction by March 1 could face legal action. Hogan did not specify in what form that legal action could take but said he would explore his options.


School Closure Order through end of the 2020 school year.

On Jan. 8, Gov. Baker announced a pooled testing initiative that will begin next month for school districts providing in-person and hybrid learning. The initiative will involve analyzing batches of COVID-19 test samples from individual schools on a weekly basis. If COVID-19 is not detected in the batch, then everyone in the school is presumed to be negative for the virus.

June 25, 2020: Require districts and schools to prepare a reopening plans for 2021. See individual district plans here:


As of November 18, gatherings at public, nonpublic, and boarding schools for the purpose of conducting in-person instruction, sports, and extracurricular activities serving pupils in grades 9 through 12 are prohibited, except for in-person instruction of pupils who are English Language Learners or participants in special education services. Suspension of in-person K-12 instruction for the remainder of 2019-2020 school year. Originally closed under EO 2020-5 temporarily and for the entire school year by EO 2020-35, which was replaced by 2020 EO 65. EO 2020-65 was rescended as of 10/13/20.


On January 18, 2021, Minnesota released guidance for the 2020-2021 school year detailing the transition from remote to in-person learning.

On February 17, 2021, an updated version of the plan was released that stated public middle and high schools will be able to choose between hybrid or in-person learning starting on February 22 provided they can implement certain mitigation strategies.

On March 15, EO 21-11 allows institutions of higher education to resume offering in-person classes.


Schools may reopen to offer summer school activities, special ed programs, individual tutoring, etc. Extends Safe Return order until July 20.


Currently, there are no statewide school closures in Missouri due to COVID-19.


There are no sector-specific requirements on the operation of schools in Montana.


Currently, there are no required closures for K-12 schools in Nebraska. All K-12 schools may open for in-person instruction. Although all Nebraska K-12 schools were directed to close through May 31, 2020, Nebraska has launched a "Return to Schools Roadmap." ( That roadmap provides a number of procedures public school systems in Nebraska should follow to re-open schools on a community-by-community basis.


On February 18, 2021, Governor Sisolak announced that schools may begin increasing their occupancy to 75% or 250 people with social distancing and mask requirements in place for schools that are engaging in in-person learning; student capacity on school buses can increase to 66% with social distancing and mask requirements; and that full-contact high school sports regulated by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association can resume practices and games.

New Hampshire

Effective March 8, 2021, schools in New Hampshire will be required to offer at least two days per week of in-person instruction per Emergency Order #85. A school may continue to use distance learning if necessary to avoid COVID-19 infections (the state must approve this).

New Jersey

Currently, K-12 schools in New Jersey may re-open provided they obtain to social distancing and hygiene-related restrictions.

New Mexico

Schools closed for the rest of the academic year

New York

Intial Executive Order directed schools to remain closed from March 18 through April 1. Governor Cuomo announced in May that schools are to remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. No In-Class Teaching for Summer School. E.O. issued on June 5 permits in-person special education services and instruction required under Federal, state or local laws, rules, or regulations for the summer term by school districts through July 5th. A decision on reopening will be made in the first week of August. On July 13 Cuomo announced that NY will allow schools to reopen in Phase 4 regions with a COVID-19 infection rate of 5% or lower (14-day average) as of August 1. On August 7, Governor Cuomo announced that school districts are authorized to open. There is a Friday deadline (8/14) for school districts that have not submitted plans for in-person learning. E.O. 202.60 authorizes schools statewide to be open for instruction, effective September 1, 2020, subject to adherence to Department of Health issued guidance and directives. On 10/6 Cuomo directed schools in hot spot zip codes identified by NYC to temporarily close in-person learning. E.O. 202.68 implements school operating mandates (required closings) based on severity of COVID outbreaks in specific zip codes.

North Carolina

Beginning Oct. 5, school districts may choose to implement Plan A of the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit, which would allow for in-person instruction for grades K-5 in public and charter schools. Face coverings remain required for all K-12 students, fewer children in classrooms, social distancing for everyone in the building, and other safety protocols. School districts retain option for online only instruction.

North Dakota

Public and non-public schools may offer on-site programs provided they adhere to Smart Restart guidelines.


Closure of All K-12 Schools in the State of Ohio


On March 25 the State Board approved remote learning for the remainder of the school year.

On Jan. 12, 2021, Gov. Stitt announced that schools enforcing social distancing and mask-wearing will not have to quarantine students who were potentially exposed to the virus but are not showing symptoms. The new policy does not apply to students who were potentially exposed during after-school activities, including sports. Previously, schools were required to enforce a two-week quarantine for students potentially exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they exhibited symptoms.


EO 21-06 orders public schools to offer full on-site or hybrid in-person instruction.


Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year: On June 3, Administration Outlined Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools. PA Departments of Education and Health are providing recommendations to Pre-K to 12 schools for use when making decisions related to the instructional models used during the 2020-21 school year. On November 23, Governor required Pre-K to 12 public schools in counties that have been in the substantial transmission level for at least two consecutive weeks to commit to safety measures to ensure the safety and well-being of students and educators.

Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, every district except Providence and Central Falls met the five metrics needed to fully reopen with all students on September 14.

South Carolina

All schools to remain closed through the month of April.

South Dakota

South Dakota has instituted a "Back to Normal Plan," which provides for remote learning in K-12 schools until the end of 2020 with a limited return to in-person education by the end of 2020-2021 school year.


For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, public schools may resume operations for the summer as provided by, and under the minimum standard health protocols found in, guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA)


Local education agencies (school districts and charter schools also known as LEAs) are required to develop local plans for safely reopening schools for in-person instruction in the fall of 2020. Reopening anticipated for the 2020-2021 school year, including sporting events, activities, and in-person graduations, with increased cleaning and hygiene regimen


For the 2020-21 school year, all public schools and independent schools are open for in person or remote classroom instruction since Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Further, no student or parent may be penalized for student absences that are the result of following medical advice or the guidance of VDH or to address concerns of parents or guardians in response to COVID-19.


In-person K-12 education was initially prohibited in March 2020; however, on July 6, 2020, Governor Northam ordered a phased reopening of K-12 schools.

Further, colleges, universities, and community colleges must comply with the Phased reopening places ("Guidelines for All Business Sectors" in all iterations).

On Jan. 14, 2021, the Virginia Department of Education released new guidance encouraging schools to prioritize in-person learning, especially for younger students and those with disabilities.

On Feb. 5, Gov. Northam requested that schools provide in-person learning options for students by March 15. Northam said schools could look to the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education’s updated reopening guidance released on Jan. 15 as they prepare to return students to the classroom. Although the request is not a mandate, Northam said he expected schools to comply.


Updated school guidance for in-person instruction. The Department of Health suggests three categories for re-introducing in-person learning: For schools in counties where COVID-19 cases are “low” (less than 50 residents per 100,000), in-person learning should be made available for all students. In counties where COVID-19 cases are “moderate” (between 50 and 350 residents per 100,000), in-person learning should be phased in, starting with elementary students not already attending in person and middle school students, followed by high school students. Finally, in counties where COVID-19 cases are “high” (over 350 per 100,000 residents), it’s recommended that schools should only offer in-person instruction for elementary and high-need students in small groups of 15 students or fewer.

West Virginia

Executive Order 78-20, issued November 13, 2020, requires private and public schools to limit in person instruction.


Emergency Order #28, effective April 23, 2020, orders the closure of K-12 schools for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic year.


In Wyoming, K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools may operate provided they abide by a number of social distancing and hygiene guidelines, including but not limited to: a maximum of 50 persons may be in any room, up to 250 persons may be allowed in rooms where 6 feet separation between individuals can be maintained, and face coverings are generally required for students and school staff where a 6 feet distance cannot be maintained.