Schools Reopening Plans

As of August 20th, 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. 

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 Adapt, Advance, Achieve

DC Policy Guidance for Reopening Schools

Delaware Returning to School

Reopening Florida’s Schools and the CARES Act

Georgia’s Path to Recovery

Hawaii Guidance for Reopening Schools

Idaho Back to School Framework

Illinois Message from the Superintendent

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

Iowa Return to Learn

Kansas’ Guide to Learning and School Safety Operations

Kentucky Considerations for Reopening Schools

Louisiana: Strong Start 2020

Maryland Recovery Plan for Education

Maine Framework for Return to Classroom Instruction

Massachusetts Initial Fall Reopening Guidance

Michigan Safe Schools

Minnesota Safe Planning Guide

Reopening Montana School Guidance

Launch Nebraska

Nevada’s Path Forward

New Hampshire Grades K-12 Back to School Guidance

New Jersey The Road Back

New Mexico Reentry Guidance

New York School Reopening Resources

North Carolina Lighting our Way Forward

North Dakota Smart Restart Guidance 

Ohio Reset and Restart Planning Guide

Return to Learn Oklahoma 

Oregon Ready Schools, Safe Learners

Pennsylvania Phased Reopening of Schools 

Back to School Rhode Island 

South Carolina Dedication to Education

South Dakota’s Back to Normal Plan

Tennessee Reopening Guidance

Texas Strong Start

Utah Three-Phases to Recovery

Phase Guidance for Virginia Schools

Reopening Washington Schools 

West Virginia School System Re-entry and Recovery Guidance

Wisconsin Education Forward

Guidance for Wyoming School Districts 

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