August 30, 2021
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Through 8/27 approximately 75% of US K-12 students had started school. This week 15% of US K-12 students start, including the majority in Northeast states such as Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Delaware, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Other states where the majority of students return include Wisconsin, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Just under one-third of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota students start this week while the balance of New Jersey and Minnesota start right after Labor Day and New York in the two weeks after Labor Day (NYC starts 9/13).
This week we decided to create a new color (orange) on our State Mask Policy Tracker to reflect states where laws banning mask mandates have suffered legal defeats and enforcement is in question.
Finally as school closures increase (the up-to-date map can be found at the top of our School Opening Tracker page in addition to the visual, below) this week we drill down more on the trends we are seeing. More below.
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