Schools Reopening Plans

As of June 30th, 2020, many states have outlined their plans for what schools will be doing in Fall 2020 about  reopening. Here are the back to school plans that have been put together so far by state Departments of Education. As the summer continues, each state will plan out a school year with distance learning, classroom instruction, or a hybrid of both.

Alabama Roadmap to Reopening Schools

Alaska Smart Start 2020

Arizona Roadmap for Reopening Schools

Arkansas Back to School Playbook

Stronger Together California

Colorado Planning for 2020-21 School Year

Connecticut Preparing for a Safe Return to Classroom Learning

DC Policy Guidance for Reopening Schools

Delaware Working Groups to to Plan Safe Return to School

Reopening Florida’s Schools and the CARES Act

Georgia’s K-12 Restart and Recovery

Hawaii Guidance for Reopening Schools

Illinois Message from the Superintendent

IN-CLASS: Indiana’s Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools

Iowa Return to Learn

Kentucky Reopening Schools Guidance

Louisiana’s Plan: Strong Start 2020

Maryland Recovery Plan for Education

Maine Distance Learning Plans

Massachusetts Initial Fall Reopening Guidance

Michigan Safe Schools

Minnesota Planning Guide for Schools

Reopening School in Montana

Launch Nebraska

Nevada’s Path Forward

New Hampshire School Transition and Reopening and Redesign Taskforce

New Jersey The Road Back

New Mexico School Reentry Task Force

New York School Reopening Resources

Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit

North Dakota Smart Restart Guidance 

Return to Learn Oklahoma 

Oregon Ready Schools, Safe Learners

Pennsylvania Phased Reopening of Schools 

Rhode Island Fall Reopening Plan 

South Carolina Dedication to Education

South Dakota’s Back to Normal Plan

Tennessee Reopening Guidance

Texas Coronavirus Support and Guidance

Utah Three-Phases to Recovery

Virginia’s Return to School Plan

Reopening Washington Schools 

West Virginia School System Re-entry and Recovery Guidance

Wisconsin Education Forward

Wyoming Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition Newsletter

State Departments for Idaho, Kansas, and Ohio have not yet released guidelines as of June 29th, 2020.

Teaching online can be challenging! Professional Learning Board is here to help teachers plan for whatever plan their state department of education chooses. Get the free online PD course: How to Teach Online for the Classroom Teacher.


Ellen Paxton is the Chief Learning Officer of Professional Learning Board. As a two-time National Board Certified Teacher, Ellen has authored and successfully designed best practices, research-based, job-embedded  and standards-aligned professional development and learning to help teachers and schools meet their state requirements. Through, and, Ellen has established and maintained partnerships with several accredited universities, higher education institutions, teachers’ unions and state Departments of Education while overseeing curriculum development, alignment, implementation at the classroom level and strategic direction.