4 States Where Schools Are Open — and 7 Where They Are Closed

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How will Johnny and Jane learn to read this year? That depends on where they live.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many states are letting local school districts make their own decisions on whether to go fully online, in person or a combination of the two.

But some governors have issued statewide orders to close schools or delay opening, or to offer in-person learning. These decisions have sparked widespread controversies, with people from nearly every sector of society voicing approval or disapproval.

Education Week has taken a comprehensive, continuously updated look at the school situation state by state. We focus here on states with statewide mandates either to open schools or to delay in-person instruction.

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