NGA Education COVID-19 Resources

NGA Education Resources

NGA Education Resources

NGA Education has created a number of resources to help inform state policy makers on critical education issues related to COVID-19

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State Reopening Tracking

NGA Education has created a summary table of COVID-19 education reopening policies in the states, territories, and the District of Columbia

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Other Education Resources

NGA Education has assembled a collection of COVID-19 related education resources that can provide valuable insights to state policy makers

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Other COVID-19 Education Policy Resources & Examples

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Early Education COVID-19 Resources
K-12 Education COVID-19 Resources

Athletics Guidance


Career and Technical Education

Distance Learning

Educator Capacity

Extended Learning

Health Resources

School Closures

School Meals and Nutrition

School Reopening - Resources

School Reopening - State Examples

Social-Emotional Learning

State Examples

Students Experiencing Homelessness

Summer Learning Resources 

Summer Learning State Examples


Postsecondary Education COVID-19 Resources
Business Reopening COVID-19 Resources
Federal COVID-19 Education Resources
State Budget COVID-19 Resources
General Education COVID-19 Resources

NGA Education's State Reopening Tracking


This chart indicates actions that states have taken to reopen educational settings, including child care settings, camps and summer school programming, K-12 schools, and postsecondary institutions. Please note this chart displays an evolving analysis of reopening in the education sector and is not exhaustive of statewide actions. This list addresses statewide guidance does not address K-12 district or individual postsecondary institution guidance. State reopening actions will continue to be tracked and updated within this chart.

Suggested changes to this list should be directed to Jon Alfuth (

Last Updated: 7/30/20 - See bottom of the table for a timeline of updates

7/30 Update: Added Nevada's most recent declaration of emergency regarding K-12 education
StateState Reopening Plan (not K-12 specific)Current PhaseChild CareCamps and Summer SchoolYouth Sports and AthleticsK-12 SchoolsPostsecondary Institutions
AlabamaReopen Alabama Responsibly Phase One

Order of the State Health Officer
Phase 2 of 3Open with restrictions
Alabama Child Care Guidance

Public Health Order
Summer school programs, camps can open

Public Health Order

Alabama Day and Overnight Youth Summer Camp Guidelines
Alabama Guidance for Adult and Youth AthleticsAlabama Achieves: Roadmap to Reopening Schools

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
Public Health Order
AlaskaReopen Alaska Responsibly PlanPhase 3/4Open with limited operations

Child Care Advisory Document

Child Care FAQ Document
Day camp limited operations

Day Camp Advisory Document
Organized Sports Guidance

Gyms, Fitness Centers, Sports and Recreational Facilities Guidance
Alaska Smart Start 2020 Framework
American SamoaAmerican Samoa Response and Action PlanCode Blue (phase 1 of 3)
ArizonaReturn StrongerOpen

Executive Order on Child Care
Youth activities open with restrictions and guidance

Guidance for Organized Youth Activities
Arizona Interscholastic Association Recommended GuidelinesRoadmap for Reopening Schools

AZCares: Flexibility and Funding for Schools and Families

General Guidance on COVID-19 and Schools Webpage
Arizona Board of Regents Planning Principles
ArkansasArkansas Ready Timeline

Phase 2 Business Guidelines
Phase 2 of 3Open

Guidance for Providers

Child Care Guidance Webpage
Camps open with restrictions, summer school in small groups

Directive on Summer Day Camps

Directive on Summer Residential Camps

Summer Program Reentry Spreadsheet
Team Sports DirectiveSouthern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Ready to Learn: Plan for Re-Engagement

A Proposal to Reopen Arkansas Higher Education Institutions
CaliforniaCA Resilience RoadmapStage 2 of 4Open with modifications

California COIVD-19 Updated Guidance: Child Care
Summer programs allowed to open with adaptations in stage 2 (see reopening plan)

California COIVD-19 Updated Guidance Day Camps

Included in Stage 2 (see reopening plan)

Guidebook for Reopening Schools
ColoradoSafer at Home Level 2Open with restrictions

Safer at Home: Child Care Facilities 
Day camps with restrictions, residential camps operating as day camps, no overnight

Guidance on Day Camps and Sports Camps 

Summer School Guidance
Remote learning

Reopening Schools Guidance

Planning for 2020-21 DRAFT
Remote learning with limited exceptions

Colorado Planning for a Return to Campus During COVID-19

Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education

Safer at Home: Higher Education
ConnecticutReopen Connecticut Advisory Group Announcement

Phased-In Approach to Reopening Connecticut's Economy Presentation
Level 2 of 4Open as essential service (see reopening plan)

Executive Order 7VV
Day camps not before June 22, summer school not before July 6

Executive Order 7PP

Rules for Operating Summer School
Connecticut Sports and Fitness Center GuidanceAdapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut's Plan to Learn and Grow Together

Supplement to Connecticut's Plan to Learn and Grow Together
Report of the Higher Education Subcommittee, Reopen Connecticut
DelawareDelaware's Reopening - Phase 1

Delaware's Reopening - Phase 2
Phase 2Open

Delaware Phase 2 Child Care Guidance
Camps Open

Recreation Camp Guidance

Summer School Guidance
Delaware Play Safely Guidance for Youth SportsDelaware Returning to School Guidance

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Delaware School Reopening Working Group
District of ColumbiaReOpen DC GuidancePhase 2Open

DC Child Care Guidance
Open with limitations in stage 2 (see reopening plan)

DC Summer Camp Guidance
DC Health Guidance for Schools

Campuses allowed to reopen with approved plans in stage 2 (see reopening plan)

HELC COVID Reopening Guidance for Colleges and Universities
FloridaReport to Governor DeSantis from the Re-Open Florida Task Force Phase 2 of 3Open

Guidance for Child Care Providers
Summer camps open (see reopening plan)
Reopening Florida's Schools and the CARES Act

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
Florida Board of Trustees Draft Blueprint for Reopening
GeorgiaPhase 1Open with limitations

Interim Child Care Guidance
Camps open with limitations in phase 1

Executive Order 1 (Day Camps)

Executive Order 2 (Overnight Camps)

Executive Order 3 (Provides Updates)
Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Georgia's K-12 Restart and Recovery Plan
GuamGuam Reopening PlanPandemic Condition of Readiness Level 2Article: K-8 to operate summer school through distance learning, high school through blended in-person and distanceGuam COVID-19 K-12 Education Page
Hawai'iBeyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai`i  Slide Show

Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai'i Detailed Plan
Phase 2 of 4Open for essential services (see reopening plan)

Hawai'i Guidelines for Child Care Facilities
Camps open with restrictions (see reopening plan)Will be allowed to reopen with restrictions in phase 3 (see reopening plan)

Hawai'i Return to Learn School Reopening Plan
Open with restrictions when in phase 3 (see reopening plan)

University of Hawai'i COVID-19 Interim Guidelines
IdahoRebound Idaho Plan with Stages

Idaho Rebounds Plan PDF

Idaho Stage 4 Stay Healthy Guidelines
Stage 4 of 4Open with restrictions (see reopening plan)

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Child Care FAQs
Camps open with restrictions (see reopening plan)Idaho's Back to School Framework

Idaho State Board of Education School District and Charter School Re-Entry Criteria

Idaho COVID-19 Guidance for Schools

K-12 Emergency Reopening Task Force Members
IllinoisRestore Illinois Announcement

Restore Illinois Plan
Phase 4 of 5Limited reopening

Restore Illinois Licensed Day Care Guidance
Limited reopening for in-person summer school

Illinois State Board of Education Summer School Guidance for Schools and Districts

Executive Order on Summer Learning
Illinois Phase 4 Youth and Recreational Sports GuidelinesState Task Force

Starting the 2020-21 School Year - Transition Joint Guidance
Can open with restrictions in Phase 4

Illinois Board of Higher Education Guidance

Illinois Community College Board Guidance
IndianaBack on Track Indiana Five-Stage PlanStage 4 of 5Open

Indiana Child Care Guidance
Day Camps open

Reommended Guidelines for Summer Camps
Executive Order 20-28 (includes sports)Indiana's Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools

Indiana School Age Program Guidance

COVID-19 Resources for Indiana Schools
IowaOpen within guidelines

Child Care Guidance for Providers
Summer school open under applicable guidance

Governor's Proclamation
Summer Sports Guidance

6/25 Public Health Proclamation (includes athletics)
Iowa's Return to Learn Guidance

Iowa's Return to Learn Guidance Support Document
KansasAd Astra: Plan to Reopen KansasRecommended Phase 3 of 4 (at discretion of local officials)Open

Interim Guidance for Child Care Facilities
Kansas Recreation and Park Association GuidanceOpen with 30 or under students with additional restrictions as of phase 2

Executive Order
Open with 30 or under students with additional restrictions in phase 2

Executive Order
KentuckyHealthy at Work: How We Reopen Our EconomyPhase 2Open for essential personnel. and family child care; child care centers open

Division of Child Care Guidelines
Guidance for Youth Sports and Athletic ActivitiesGuidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for Kentucky K-12 Schools

Initial Reopening Guidance for Schools and Districts

Considerations for Reopening Schools - Food Service Options

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
LouisianaOpen Safely LAPhase 2Open

Office of Public Health Child Care Guidelines

Guidance for Child Care, Early Learnign Centers, Summer School and Extra Curricular Activities

Child Care FAQ Document
Guidance for Child Care, Early Learnign Centers, Summer School and Extra Curricular ActivitiesStrong Start 2020: School Reopening Guidelines and Resources
Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
Institutions of Higher Education Restart Louisiana
MaineRestarting Maine's EconomyStage 2 of 3 (certain counties participating in Rural Reopening Plan)Open with modifications

Maine Child Care Guidance
Stage 2, June

Maine Summer Programing Guidelines

Day Camp and Summer Recreation Program Guidance
Framework for Return to Classroom InstructionFramework for Reopening Maine's Colleges and Institutions
MarylandMaryland Strong: Roadmap to RecoveryStage 2Open for emergency personnel and newly reopened businesses

Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Child Care DRAFT
In-person summer school with limitations

Article Detailing Updates
Best Practices on Youth SportsMaryland Together: Maryland Recovery Plan for Education DRAFT

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
MassachusettsReopening Massachusetts
Phase 2 of 4Emergency facilities open, will open June 29 for non-essential workforce, with modifications

Massachusetts Child and Youth Serving Programs Reopen Approach

Child Care Executive Order
Day camps open in Phase 2 Residential camps open in Phase 3 (see reopening plan)

Massachusetts Recreation Camp Checklist
Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance

COVID-19 Resource Landing Page
MichiganMichigan Safe Start Phased PlanTwo northern regions in Phase 5 of 6, six other regions in Phase 4 of 6Open for critical workers since phase 1, for all workers in Phase 3 (see reopening plan)

Executive Order 2020-117
Reopening in Phase 4 with restrictions

Executive Order on Overnight Camps
Michigan High School Athletics Association Guidance

Executive Order 2020-120 (includes sports)
State Task Force. Remote learning until Phase 5

MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap

Executive Order
In-person instruction in Phase 5
MinnesotaStay Safe MNPhase 3 of 4Open

Executive Order
Day camps can operate within guidance

Public health guidance"
Sports Guidance for Youth and AdultsOpen with hybrid model for summer learning

Minnesota 2020-21 School Year Planning Guidance

Minnesota Department of Health 2020-21 Planning Guide for Schools
MississippiPhase 2Open

Child Care Guidance
Buildings open for instructional activities while following agency guidance

Executive Order
Consideratios for Reopening Mississippi Schools

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Encouraged to develop protocols for return to instruction

Executive Order
Missouri"Show Me Strong" Recovery PlanPhase 2Open if following CDC guidelines

Executive Order
Administrative Memo on Summer School
Summer School Q&A
Missouri School Reopening Guidance
MontanaGuidance for Phased Reopening of Montana: Phase Two

Governor's Directive for Phase Two
Phase 2 of 3Open with modifications (see reopening plan)Can open at the discretion of local school boards

Governor's Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana

Reopening Montana Schools Guidance
Montana University System Planning Guidelines for Campuses
NebraskaOpen with modifications

May 1 Governor's Guidance
Guidance for Summer School and Summer Learning Nebraska Statewide Sports Reopening Guidelines

Nebraska Youth Camps Guidance
Teaching and Learning in the 2020-21 School Year

Launch Nebraska Education Guidance
University of Nebraska Higher Education Pandemic Recovery Guide
NevadaNevada United Roadmap To Recovery (Phased Plan)Phase 2 of 4Open

Child Care Guidance
Open with guidance

Executive Order 22

Summer Learning Guidance
Organized Youth Sports GuidanceNevada Department of Education Path Forward Plan

Directive 28 Declaration of Emergency

Guidance for Path Forward Programs of Distance Education
New HampshireStay at Home 2.0Phase 2Open

Stay At Home Child Care Guidance
Closed; camps open as of June 22 with guidance

Day Camps Guidance
Amateur and Youth Sports GuidanceState Task Force

New Hampshire Grades K-12 Back-to-School Guidance
Postsecondary Education Task Force Report
New JerseyThe Road Back: Restoring Economic Health through Public Health

Governor's Multi-Stage Approach

Governor's Restart and Recovery Commission
Stage 2 (4 stages total)Open for essential workforce; normal operations complying with guidance June 15

Executive Order 149
Day camps and summer learning allowed to open July 6 with restrictions

Executive Order 149

Summer Learning Guidelines Announcement
Executive Order 149 (includes sports)New Jersey Department of Education: The Road BackRestart Standards for All New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education

Executive Order 155 on Higher Education
New MexicoAll Together New MexicoPhase 2Open

E-learning should be provided at all times

Summer Youth Program Resources
High school contact sports are postponed for this fall New Mexico Public Education Department Reentry Guidance
New YorkPhased Plan to Reopen New YorkPhase 1, 2 or 3 (of 4) depending on the region Open with modifications (see reopening plan)

Child Care and Day Camp Programs Guidelines
Summer school fully online

Child Care and Day Camp Programs Guidelines

Governor's Announcement
New York Decision to Delay Fall Sports Start Date

Sports and Recreation Guidelines
New York State Education Department Reopening Guidance

Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction in K-12 Schools

New York Framework Reopening Guidance Press Release

New York Higher Education Reopening Checklist

New York Interim Higher Education COVID-19 Guidance
North CarolinaPath Forward for North CarolinaPhase 2 of 3Open with modificationsOpen

Executive Order
Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants in Youth, College, and Amateur Sports ProgramsStrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Lighting Our Way Forward: Guidebook for Reopening Schools

North DakotaNorth Dakota Smart Restart PlanOpen (see reopening plan)Summer School Open

Executive Order

Smart Restart Guidance
North Dakota K-12 Smart Restart, Fall 2020
Northern Mariana IslandsCommunity Focused Economic Recovery PlanCommunity Vulnerability Level Blue
OhioResponsible Restart OhioPhase 1Open with restrictions

Open with restrictions


Child Day Camp Technical Assistance
Health Director Order on Non-Contact SportsCOVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 SchoolsResponsible Restart Ohio: Institutions of Higher Education
OklahomaOpen-Up and Recover SafelyPhase 3Open

Guidance for Oklahoma Child Care
Open as of phase 3 (see reopening plan)Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
FAQ for Oklahoma Public Schools
OregonReopening Oregon

Governor Executive Orders
Phase 1 or 2 (of 3) depending on the countyOpen with restrictions under Executive Order 20-19

Guidance for Child Care Operations
Open with restrictions

Guidance for Day Camps
Phase 2 Recreational Sports Guidance

Phase 2 Pool and Sports Court Guidance
Ready Schools, Safe Learners: Guidance for School Year 2020-21

Oregon Department of Education COVID-19 Resources

Healthy Schools Reopening Council Announcement
Executive Order 20-09
PennsylvaniaPhased Plan for Reopening Green or Yellow Phase (within Phase 2 of Reopening) depending on the countyLimited reopening by county in phase 2 (see reopening plan)Phase 2 for camps

July 9 Update on Summer Camps, Recreation and Pools

FAQ Guidance (mentions summer school)
July 9 Update on Summer Camps, Recreation and Pools

Guidance on All Sports
Able to reopen for in-person instruction on July 1

Preliminary School Reopening Guidance
Limited in-person instruction with social distancing in phase 2 (yellow phase)

Preliminary Guidance for Resuming In-Person Instruction
Puerto Rico
Rhode IslandReopening RI: Charting the CoursePhase 2 of 3 (phase 3 July 1)Open with restrictions (see reopening plan)Summer camps on June 29 with restrictions (see reopening plan)Phase 3 with restrictions

Rhode Island Back to School Safety Guidance
South CarolinaAccelerateSC Final Report and RecommendationsOpen


Day Camp Guidelines

Summer Learning and Operations Recommendations
South Carolina AcceleratED Task Force

AccelerateED Task Force - Fall Recommendations

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
South DakotaBack to Normal PlanOpen (see reopening plan)South Dakota Start Well Guidance

South Dakota Start Well Landing Page
TennesseeEconomic Recovery Group Announcement

Phased Reopening Announcement

Camps open; state provided recommended guidance

Summer Camp Guidance
Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Reopening Schools Guide & Toolkits for Districts

State taskforce
Decision up to institutional governing bodies; state provided recommended safeguard guidance

Higher Ed Guidance
TexasTexans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open TexasPhase 3 of 3Open with restrictions

Emergency Child Care Rules
Executive Order
Camps open with restrictions

Executive Order
Executive Order GA-23 (includes sports)SY 20-21 Public Health Planning Guidance - Texas Education Agency

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
UtahUtah Leads Together

Detailed Phased Guidelines

Utah's Health Guidance System
Counties and Cities in Various Stages of Reopening (see health guidance)Open with restrictions (see detailed phased guidelines)Remote learning until Phase 3 (see detailed phased guidelines)

Utah State Board of Education Planning Requirements and Recommendations for K-12 School Reopening
Remote learning until Phase 3

Detailed Phased Guidelines
VermontWork Smart & Stay Safe Restart VT: Phase I

Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force: Restart VT Team
Phase 2Open with restrictions

Health Guidance for Childcare, Afterschool, and Summer Programs
Open with restrictions

Health Guidance for Childcare, Afterschool, and Summer Programs
Additions to "Be Smart, Stay Safe" OrderA Strong And Healthy Start: Guidance for Reopening SchoolsSafe and Healthy Return to Campus: Mandatory State Guidance for College and University Campus Learning
Virgin IslandsPathway to a New Normal"Open Doors" Phase; Phase 4 of 5Closed until phase 5 (see reopening plan)Virgin Islands Guide to Safely Reopen Public Schools
VirginiaForward Virginia: Blueprint for Easing Public Health RestrictionsPartial Phase 2 of 3Open with modifications

Phase 2 Child Care and Summer Camp Guidelines
Open in phase 2

Phase 2 Child Care and Summer Camp Guidelines

Phase Guidance for Virginia SchoolsLimited to students with special needs in Phase 2, in-person for all students with social distancing in phase 3

Recover, Redesign, Restart Guidance

Phased Guidance for Virginia's Schools

School Reopening Home Page

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

State taskforce
Higher Education Reopening Guidance
WashingtonSafe Start Pan and Guidance Phase 1, 2, or 3 (of 4) depending on the countyOpen

Guidance for Child Care, Youth Development, and Summer Day Camps
Guidance for Child Care, Youth Development, and Summer Day CampsK-12 Schools Fall 2020-21 Guidance

Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide

Proclamation on Phased Reopening of K-12 Schools
Washington Higher Educatio Re-Opening Workgroup: Campus Reopening Guide

Phase 1 Higher Ed and Workforce Guidance

Phase 2 Higher Ed and Workforce Guidance
West VirginiaWest Virginia StrongOpen with restrictions (see reopening plan)Free Summer Learning OpportunitiesDepartment of Education School System Re-Entry and Recovery Guidance

Re-entry Toolkit

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
WisconsinBadger Bounce Back NAOpen with restrictions

Best Practices for DCF regulated Group, Family, and School-Age Child Care Providers

Department of Children and Families
Guidance for Licensed Day Camps for Children
Wisconsin Guidance for Summer Activities
Guidance for Licensed Day Camps for Children
Education Forward: Safely and Successfully Reopening Wisconsin SchoolsUW System Guidance
WyomingA Transition Plan for a Healthy WyomingOpen

Sixth Continuation Executive Order
Open for groups of up to 50 people with social distancingOpen for groups of up to 50 people with social distancing

Wyoming Smart Start Guidance for Schools

Sixth Continuation Executive Order

Wyoming Department of Education Guidance for Educational Institutions

Adapted Learning Plans, Health Orders, and Re-Openings Guidance
Open for groups of up to 50 people with social distancing

Sixth Continuation Executive Order
Reopening Tracker Updates
  • 7/30 Update: Added Nevada's most recent declaration of emergency regarding K-12 education
  • 7/28 Update: Added Massachusetts' and South Dakota's K-12 landing page
  • 7/23 Update: Updated Connecticut and Colorado's K-12 guidance
  • 7/20 Update: Added K-12 guidance for New York, Maine, Nebraska, Virgin Islands. Added sports updates for New York.
  • 7/16 Update: Added K-12 guidance for Delaware
  • 7/15 Update: Added K-12 guidance for New York, North Dakota and New Hampshire. Added Higher Education guidance for Colorado. Updated North Carolina's K-12 guidance.
  • 7/13 Update: Added K-12 guidance for Missouri, New Mexico, South Dakota. Reopening websites for Delaware and Hawai'i. K-12 reopening website for New York.
  • 7/10 Update: Added higher education guidance for Ohio, K-12 guidance for Idaho, summer camp updates for Pennsylvania, and sports and athletics updates for New Mexico
  • 7/9 Update: Added various guidance documents for Montana, Nebraska, Nevada and New Hampshire, updated dead links
  • 7/8 Update: Added K-12 guidance for Texas, higher education guidance for Vermont and Hawai'i
  • 7/6 Update: Added K-12 guidance for Montana, Ohio, and Wyoming. Added Higher Education Guidance for Louisiana
  • 6/30 Update: Added K-12 guidance for Utah
  • 6/29 Update: Added Alabama K-12 reopening plan, New Jersey K-12 reopening plan, Iowa proclamation including athletics, as well as additional links in Connecticut, Delaware and District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawai'i, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Kentucky
  • 6/26 Update: Added: Connecticut K-12 reopening guidance; Colorado higher ed guidance; Indiana K-12 guidance; Iowa K-12 guidance; Louisiana K-12, child care and extracurricular guidance; Massachusetts K-12 guidance; Nevada distance learning guidance; Texas emergency child care guidance; and Virginia K-12 reopening plan
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