TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County School Corporation on Wednesday updated its COVID-19 Dashboard.
The new dashboard format was designed to support the district’s new school-by-school decision-making model by showing new data by school. It is updated every Wednesday afternoon and is intended to provide a snapshot of data at the moment. Staff availability is the most important indicator of whether a school may need to return to remote learning.
“It is our hope that this additional data is more relevant to our community, helping them anticipate closures and understand the level at which COVID has been in contact with our buildings,” said Bill Riley, director of communications.
The first two columns show staff and student cases on campus during the person’s infectious period in the last 14 days. There have been 19 student cases on campus in the last 14 days and eight staff cases. The eight staff positives are spread across seven schools, while the 19 student positives span 12 schools.
Starting next week, an arrow will be beside each school’s case count to indicate whether the number has gone up, down, or remained steady.
The third and fourth columns are designed to help the community anticipate closures at individual schools by providing a staff availability and student attendance rating by school. The three possible levels are “good,” “moderate,” and “severe.”
The district takes a holistic view of absences and staff availability, meaning absences can be for a variety of COVID and non-COVID-related reasons.
Student attendance rating includes those students who are counted absent because of a consistent lack of engagement with school. Students may be less engaged for a variety of reasons, but will still be declared “absent” if they are not actively participating in remote learning.
In terms of staff availability, 21 schools are currently ranked “good” and six schools are “moderate.” No school is rated as severe.
In terms of student attendance, seven schools are currently ranked “good,” 16 schools are “moderate,” and 2 schools are “severe.”
The final column shows spread within the region using the state’s color-coded map for the area. Vigo County remains in “orange” status.