TDOE launches dashboard monitoring COVID-19 cases among Tenn. schools

TDOE launches dashboard monitoring COVID-19 cases among Tenn. schools
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Education released a dashboard reporting additional COVID-19 information at school and district levels, including numbers of new positive COVID-19 cases in districts and schools.

School districts are asked to submit information on a weekly basis to report positive COVID-19 cases in districts and schools, as well as whether or how positive cases may impact the way teachers deliver instruction to students.

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Over half of districts submitted data for the first week of reporting. Full reporting across every district is expected by September 22.

“Tennessee has led the way in supporting districts for a safe return to school, opening classrooms for the new school year, and now providing the public with information around how COVID-19 may be impacting their school communities through a district-populated dashboard,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “This dashboard strikes an important balance in protecting student privacy while providing parents, educators, and community members with information they need to make the best possible decisions for their families.”

Users will have two ways to access information:

A menu view—A drop-down menu will allow users to quickly select a district of interest to reveal more information.

A map view— An interactive map of the state of Tennessee with two views, district level and school level, will enable users to hover over their county or region and select their district or school to reveal more information.

At the district level, the dashboard will provide district-reported information on the number of new positive COVID-19 cases this week and the prior week amongst students and the number of new positive COVID-19 cases this week and the prior week amongst staff. In addition, the dashboard will display the primary operating model for schools within the district, including the number of schools conducting in-person learning, the number of schools conducting remote learning, and the number of schools utilizing a hybrid approach for instruction, as well as the last date when the district updated its primary operating model. Finally, the dashboard will display whether the district has adopted a critical infrastructure designation for certain workers, as well as a link to the district’s Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) which outlines how the district plans to administer remote learning.

At the school level, the dashboard will provide district-reported information on the number of new positive COVID-19 cases amongst students, number of new positive COVID-19 cases amongst staff, and whether adjustments from the district’s primary operating model have been made within the school. Students and staff listed as positive does not necessarily indicate they contracted COVID-19 at the school building.

The sharing of student information is stringently protected under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and protecting personally identifiable information of our youngest Tennesseans is critically important. To ensure protections of individual privacy, schools with fewer than 50 students will not be reported in the dashboard. For schools reporting under five positive student or employee COVID-19 cases, the school will be listed without a specific number of cases for the category.

The totals for each school district in Shelby County from the website as of Wednesday 3 p.m. are as follows:

Arlington Community Schools: The district had less than 5 cases reported among students “this week” and 0 cases among staff. The district did not report cases for the “last week” category.

Bartlett City Schools: The district had less than 5 cases reported among students “this week” and less than 5 cases reported among staff. The district did not report cases for the “last week” category.

Collierville Schools: The district had 26 cases reported among students “this week” and 6 cases among staff. The district did not report cases for the “last week” category.

Germantown Municipal School District: The district had less than 5 cases reported among students and no cases among staff. The district did not report cases for the “last week” category.

Lakeland School System: The district had no cases reported among students “this week” and no cases reported among staff. The district did not report cases for the “last week” category.

Millington Municipal Schools: The district had less than 5 cases reported among students “this week” and less than 5 cases reported among staff. The district did not report cases for the “last week” category.

Shelby County Schools: There was no reported data from the district for the time period.