Parents and community members now have a new tool to use in tracking COVID-19 cases in Kent County schools and districts.
The dashboard includes information on COVID-19 cases, the number of infected individuals currently in isolation, and the current number of outbreaks in schools (defined as two or more cases with a connection within the school). Users can also see if a case involves a staff or student, and whether the student is on-site or part of a virtual program. COVID-19 data is made available through a partnership between Kent ISD and the Kent County Health Department.
“Transparency is of the utmost importance to each of our superintendents as we work in collaboration with our communities to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff,” said Ron Caniff, superintendent of Kent ISD. “We must remain vigilant and continue to strictly adhere to mitigation strategies in order to minimize the impact of COVID-19.”
The site is updated each Monday at 3 p.m., with information current as of the previous Thursday. It includes all public and non-public schools within Kent ISD’s geographic boundaries.
“The Kent County Health Department feels strongly that one of the best ways to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to be transparent with the public,” said Dr. Adam London, director of the Kent County Health Department, in a press release. “Schools throughout the county have done a tremendous job of being proactive with safety precautions and working collaboratively with the Health Department. This dashboard is a natural extension of the close working relationship we have with schools.”