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Michigan No. 30 In School Reopening

Iowa, Montana and Wyoming schools open

Michigan ranks 30th in the country when it comes to reopening K-12 public schools to live, in-person instruction.

That’s according to Burbio, a website that tracks school re-openings after a year of coronavirus epidemic.

Michigan had a 58.3 score, which placed it near Ohio (57.6 – 31st place) and New York (57.4 – 32nd place).

Iowa, Montana and Wyoming tied for the top spot with a perfect score of 100.

Maryland came in last with a score of 8.4 and California was 49th, with a score of 11.4.

According to its website, Burbio "actively monitors 1,200 districts, including the 200 largest school districts in the US. District plans are reviewed every 72 hours to identify changes. School District learning modes are categorized as either Traditional, Hybrid or Virtual. Traditional means students attend in-person every day; Hybrid means students are divided into cohorts and attend 2-3 days in-person and 2-3 days virtually."

The Burbio result from a formula that combines a district’s use of the different instruction modes.

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