School is actually the first subject we have for you today. When is it going to reopen? It's a simple question with complicated answers across the United States. There are so many different plans in different places and they could all change. Even though at least 31 states say they'll partially reopen over the next few days, this doesn't include their schools. Most school buildings in America have been shutdown for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. Classes may still be in session. They're just online.
In some states with fewer coronavirus cases, places like Montana and Wyoming, schools will be allowed to reopen this month. But they may choose to stay closed to help prevent the spread of the disease. And what will school look like this fall? Can students and teachers expect a more normal looking campus then? It will most likely depend on how widespread COVID-19 is in different areas. The governments of Maryland and Washington, which have each seen thousands of coronavirus cases, have told school districts it's possible their doors won't reopen in the fall and that they should be prepared for online learning beyond this summer.
But contrast that with colleges in Alabama, North Carolina, North Dakota and Texas. Dozens of campuses across these states say they're gearing up for the return of students and teachers this fall. Things may not look the same thing though. School officials across the country are trying to figure out ways to keep students spread out and classrooms from getting too crowded. Masks may be required on some campuses. Officials plan to keep closer tabs on who's been infected with coronavirus and where those people went before they got sick. And sports events bring up new questions entirely. Will football games still be played in front of 80,000 screaming fans? So even as some businesses start to reopen across America, there's still a lot of uncertainty hanging over the country's schools.