COVID-19: Reporting Cases, Dashboard Update

COVID-19: Reporting Cases, Dashboard Update
Posted on 12/15/2020
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Reporting Positive Cases Over Winter Break:

Beginning Dec. 19 and through the end of winter break, parents, guardians and staff are asked to report any positive tests for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in their household to the Butler County Health Department (BCHD). Without students in class, the BCHD will need to complete the appropriate contact tracing. The health department can be reached by calling (513) 863-1770.

Parents should report positive cases, along with absences, to the schools beginning Tuesday, Jan. 5. Although the district will be in remote learning through Jan. 11, if students are too sick to participate in class, parents should notify their child’s school by calling the attendance line. Click here to access the phone numbers for each school.

Stay safe over the holidays by wearing a mask, washing hands, practicing social distance and avoiding large gatherings.

Dashboard Updates Coming Soon:

The district’s COVID-19 dashboard will be getting a facelift come January. Beginning Jan. 12, the community will see daily updates for both students and staff. The student report will show the number of total absences, percentage rate of attendance and new positive cases of COVID-19. The staff report will show the percentage rate of attendance and new positive cases.

The district’s regular weekly summary will continue, but will be modified to capture the attendance rate for both students and staff by school instead of total quarantines. It will continue to show the number of positive cases by school.

The district is replacing the number of quarantines on its dashboard because it does not paint a true picture of attendance in each school. “The dashboard is meant to be a snapshot in time,” said Assistant Superintendent Robb Vogelmann and head of the district’s COVID Response Team. “Right now, the dashboard shows the number of new quarantines per week, but it does not show how many students are returning each day or how many quarantines are carried over each week,” he continued. “By sharing the daily attendance rate, our community will have a better understanding of the impact COVID-19 and other illnesses are having on our schools - on both the student and the teacher side.”