School Corporation releases COVID-19 Dashboard findings; January’s model will be refurbished, more comprehensive

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Vigo County School Corporation released its final COVID-19 Dashboard report for 2020 on Wednesday, before it introduces in 2021 a new model that will provide that information on a school-by-school basis rather than in aggregate.

VCSC reported that 13 of the district’s 27 brick and mortar schools have no active cases at this time. Schools have been participating in remote learning since Nov. 19, which will conclude this week. In-person classes will return on Jan. 4, with middle- and high-school students attending in a modified A/B schedule.

This week’s Dashboard shows:

  • 2 student positives with campus contact in the last 14 days (down from 3 last week)
  • 14 staff positives with campus contact in the last 14 days (down from 18 last week)
  • 120 students actively quarantined (up from 106 last week)
  • 50 staff actively quarantined (down from 55 last week)

Even though students are at home, VCSC continues to track active cases and quarantines for schools to the best of its ability during remote learning.

Additional data shows 14 active cases at the elementary level, 5 active cases at the middle school level, and 17 active cases at the high school level, when combining student and staff cases.

The new Dashboard will be introduced on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in an effort to support the district’s new school-by-school decision-making model. The new Dashboard will:

  • Provide information about positive cases with campus contact, but on a school-by-school basis rather than in aggregate, helping the community understand the virus’s contact with each of the schools.
  • Provide a rating for staff availability in each school and student attendance in each school, helping the community understand each school’s ability to provide in-person learning.
  • Show the state’s color-coded map for the surrounding eight-county area for the current and previous week, helping the community understand spread in the schools relative to the immediate area.

VCSC plans to monitor staff availability over winter break to assess whether individual schools will need to start the second semester in full remote learning. Families at schools who will need to start in full remote learning because of staff availability will be notified the weekend of Jan. 2-3.

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