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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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NGA Education COVID-19 Resources

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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

Attendance

Career and Technical Education

Distance Learning

Educator Capacity

Extended Learning

English Language Learners

Health Resources

Remote Learning

  • ESRI Software and Resources for K-12 Instruction

School Reopening

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

Testing

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
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NGA Education's State Reopening Tracking

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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 (jalfuth@nga.org).

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Last Updated: 10/7/20 - See bottom of the table for a timeline of updates

10/7 Update: added Washington state's updated reopening guidance, updates to K-12 school reopening status from EdWeek

K-12 school status information drawn from https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/map-covid-19-schools-open-closed.html
StateState Reopening Plan (not K-12 specific)Current PhaseChild CareYouth Sports and AthleticsK-12 Schools Postsecondary Institutions
AlabamaReopen Alabama Responsibly Phase One

Order of the State Health Officer
Phase 2 of 3Open with guidance

Alabama Child Care Guidance

Public Health Order
Alabama Guidance for Adult and Youth AthleticsState leaving reopening to local discretion

Alabama Safer at Home Order w/ School Mask Requirement

Alabama Achieves: Roadmap to Reopening Schools

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

Child Care Advisory Document

Child Care FAQ Document
Organized Sports Guidance

Gyms, Fitness Centers, Sports and Recreational Facilities Guidance
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Alaska Smart Start 2020 Framework
American SamoaAmerican Samoa Response and Action PlanCode Blue (phase 1 of 3)Open with guidance

Territory leaving reopening to local discretion
ArizonaReturn StrongerOpen with guidance

Executive Order on Child Care
Arizona Interscholastic Association Recommended GuidelinesState leaving reopening to local discretion

Arizona Open for Learning Executive Order

Roadmap 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 with guidance

Guidance for Providers

Child Care Guidance Webpage
Team Sports DirectiveState requires at least some in-person instruction

Arkansas Ready for Learning Updated Plan

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
A Proposal to Reopen Arkansas Higher Education Institutions
CaliforniaCA Resilience RoadmapStage 2 of 4Open with guidance

Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth

California COIVD-19 Updated Guidance: Child Care
Local districts must abide by state-wide metrics established by the governor when deciding whether to reopen

California Industry Guidance: Schools & School-Based Programs

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

Safer at Home: Child Care Facilities 
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Reopening Schools Guidance

Planning for 2020-21 DRAFT
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 with guidance

Executive Order 7VV
Connecticut Sports and Fitness Center GuidanceState leaving reopening to local discretion
Adapt, 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 with guidance

Delaware Phase 2 Child Care Guidance
Delaware Play Safely Guidance for Youth SportsState requiring at least some remote learning

Delaware Returning to School Guidance

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

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

DC Child Care Guidance
State requiring remote learning until local conditions improve

DC Health Guidance for Schools

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

Guidance for Child Care Providers
State requires at least some in-person instruction

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 guidance

Interim Child Care Guidance
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Georgia's K-12 Restart and Recovery Plan
GuamGuam Reopening PlanPandemic Condition of Readiness Level 2Open with guidance

Territory has announced schools are closed until further notice

Guam 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 with guidance

Hawai'i Guidelines for Child Care Facilities
Schools reopened statewide, but in some areas are limited to teaching only remotely while others can teach in-person

Hawai'i Return to Learn School 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 guidance

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare Child Care FAQs
State leaving reopening to local discretion

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 5Open with guidance

Restore Illinois Licensed Day Care Guidance
Illinois Phase 4 Youth and Recreational Sports GuidelinesState leaving reopening to local discretion

Starting the 2020-21 School Year - Transition Joint Guidance
Illinois Board of Higher Education Guidance

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

Indiana Child Care Guidance
Executive Order 20-28 (includes sports)State leaving reopening to local discretion

Indiana's Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools

Indiana School Age Program Guidance

COVID-19 Resources for Indiana Schools
IowaOpen with guidance

Child Care Guidance for Providers
Summer Sports Guidance

6/25 Public Health Proclamation (includes athletics)
State requires at least some in-person instruction

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 with guidance

Interim Guidance for Child Care Facilities
Kansas Recreation and Park Association GuidanceState leaving reopening to local discretion

Executive Order
Executive Order
KentuckyHealthy at Work: How We Reopen Our EconomyPhase 2Open with guidance

Division of Child Care Guidelines
Guidance for Youth Sports and Athletic ActivitiesState leaving reopening to local discretion

Guidance 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 with guidance

Office of Public Health Child Care Guidelines

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

Child Care FAQ Document
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Strong 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 guidance

Maine Child Care Guidance
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Framework for Return to Classroom Instruction
Framework for Reopening Maine's Colleges and Institutions
MarylandMaryland Strong: Roadmap to RecoveryStage 2Open with guidance

Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Child Care DRAFT
Best Practices on Youth SportsState leaving reopening to local discretion

Maryland Together: Maryland Recovery Plan for Education DRAFT

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
MassachusettsReopening Massachusetts
Phase 3 of 4Open with guidance

Massachusetts Child and Youth Serving Programs Reopen Approach

Child Care Executive Order
State leaving reopening to local discretion

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 with guidance

Michigan EO 2020-164 regarding masks in child care facilities

Executive Order 2020-117
Michigan High School Athletics Association Guidance

Executive Order 2020-120 (includes sports)
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Executive Order Requiring Masks for All K-12 Grades

MI Safe Schools: Return to School Roadmap

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

Executive Order
Sports Guidance for Youth and AdultsState leaving reopening to local discretion

Minnesota Safe Learning Plan for 2020-21

Minnesota 2020-21 School Year Planning Guidance

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

Child Care Guidance
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Mississippi Guidance for 2020-21 School Year

Consideratios for Reopening Mississippi Schools

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Executive Order
Missouri"Show Me Strong" Recovery PlanPhase 2Open with guidance

Executive Order
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Missouri School Reopening Guidance
MontanaGuidance for Phased Reopening of Montana: Phase Two

Governor's Directive for Phase Two
Phase 2 of 3Open with guidance

State leaving reopening to local discretion

Governor's Education Outbreak Response Protocols

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

Reopening Montana Schools Guidance
Montana University System Planning Guidelines for Campuses
NebraskaAll counties in at least phase 3Open with guidance

May 1 Governor's Guidance
Nebraska Statewide Sports Reopening Guidelines

Nebraska Youth Camps Guidance
State leaving reopening to local discretion

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 with guidance

Child Care Guidance
Organized Youth Sports GuidanceState leaving reopening to local discretion

Nevada 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 with guidance

Stay At Home Child Care Guidance
Amateur and Youth Sports GuidanceState leaving reopening to local discretion

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 with guidance

Executive Order 149
Executive Order 149 (includes sports)State leaving reopening to local discretion

New Jersey Department of Education: The Road Back
Restart Standards for All New Jersey Institutions of Higher Education

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

Guidance
High school contact sports are postponed for this fall State Ordered Regional Closure in effect

New Mexico Public Education Department Reentry Guidance
New YorkPhased Plan to Reopen New YorkPhase 4 Open with guidance

Child Care and Day Camp Programs Guidelines
New York Decision to Delay Fall Sports Start Date

Sports and Recreation Guidelines
State leaving reopening to local discretion

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 guidance

Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants in Youth, College, and Amateur Sports ProgramsState requiring at least some remote learning

StrongSchoolsNC 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 with guidance

State leaving reopening to local discretion

North Dakota K-12 Smart Restart, Fall 2020
Northern Mariana IslandsCommunity Focused Economic Recovery PlanCommunity Vulnerability Level BlueOpen with guidance

Territory has announced schools are closed until further notice
OhioResponsible Restart OhioPhase 1Open with guidance

Guidance
Health Director Order on Non-Contact SportsState leaving reopening to local discretion

COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for Ohio K-12 Schools
Responsible Restart Ohio: Institutions of Higher Education
OklahomaOpen-Up and Recover SafelyPhase 3Open with guidance

Guidance for Oklahoma Child Care
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
FAQ for Oklahoma Public Schools
OregonReopening Oregon

Governor Executive Orders
Phase 2 of 3Open with guidance

Open with restrictions under Executive Order 20-19

Guidance for Child Care Operations
Phase 2 Recreational Sports Guidance

Phase 2 Pool and Sports Court Guidance
State Ordered Regional Closure in effect

Oregon School Reopening Metrics

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 countyOpen with guidance

July 9 Update on Summer Camps, Recreation and Pools

Guidance on All Sports
State leaving reopening to local discretion

School Emergency Planning Resources

Preliminary School Reopening Guidance
Preliminary Guidance for Resuming In-Person Instruction
Puerto RicoOpen with guidance

State requiring remote learning until local conditions improve


Puerto Rico's Reopening Plan
Rhode IslandReopening RI: Charting the CoursePhase 3 of 3 Open with guidance

State leaving reopening to local discretion

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

Guidance
State leaving reopening to local discretion

South Carolina AcceleratED Task Force

AccelerateED Task Force - Fall Recommendations

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force
South DakotaBack to Normal PlanOpen with guidance

State leaving reopening to local discretion

South Dakota Start Well Guidance

South Dakota Start Well Landing Page
TennesseeEconomic Recovery Group Announcement

Phased Reopening Announcement
Open with guidance

Guidance
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Southern Regional Education Board K-12 Recovery Task Force

Reopening Schools Guide & Toolkits for Districts

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

Emergency Child Care Rules
Executive Order
Executive Order GA-23 (includes sports)State requires at least some in-person instruction

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 guidance

State leaving reopening to local discretion

Utah Department of Health School Reopening Guidelines

Utah State Board of Education Planning Requirements and Recommendations for K-12 School Reopening
Detailed Phased Guidelines
VermontWork Smart & Stay Safe Restart VT: Phase I

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

Health Guidance for Childcare, Afterschool, and Summer Programs
Additions to "Be Smart, Stay Safe" OrderState leaving reopening to local discretion

A Strong And Healthy Start: Guidance for Reopening Schools
Safe 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 5Open with guidance

Territory allows in-person instruction, delayed start date

Virgin Islands Guide to Safely Reopen Public Schools
VirginiaForward Virginia: Blueprint for Easing Public Health RestrictionsPhase 3 of 3Open with guidance

Phase 2 Child Care and Summer Camp Guidelines
Phase Guidance for Virginia SchoolsState leaving reopening to local discretion

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 with guidance

Guidance for Child Care, Youth Development, and Summer Day Camps
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Washington School Reopening Decision Tree Document

K-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 guidance

State Ordered Regional Closure in effect

West Virginia School Reopening GUidance Page

West Virginia School Reentry Metrics


Department of Education School System Re-Entry and Recovery Guidance

Re-entry Toolkit

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

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

Wisconsin Guidance for Summer Activities
Guidance for Licensed Day Camps for Children
State leaving reopening to local discretion

Education Forward: Safely and Successfully Reopening Wisconsin Schools
UW System Guidance
WyomingA Transition Plan for a Healthy WyomingOpen with guidance

Sixth Continuation Executive Order
State leaving reopening to local discretion

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
Sixth Continuation Executive Order
Reopening Tracker Updates
  • 10/7 Update: added Washington state's updated reopening guidance, updates to K-12 school reopening status from EdWeek
  • 9/30 Update: added Michigan's recent executive order on mask wearing in schools
  • 9/14 Update: added Montana's updated K-12 reopening document
  • 9/8 Update: added K-12 state status for schools
  • 8/26 Update: added new child care guidance for California
  • 8/24 Update: updates to K-12 for AR
  • 8/21 Update: updates to K12 for AL, AZ, CA, CT, MN, MS, PA, UT, WA, WV; child care for MI. Updated some phases of reopenings, removed summer school column
  • 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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