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Dashboard tracks COVID-19 cases in Kent County Schools

Parents and community members now have a new tool to use in tracking COVID-19 cases in Kent County schools and districts. 

Superintendents in the Kent Intermediate Superintendent Association in partnership with the Kent County Health Department have created a COVID-19 district dashboard to keep  the public informed.

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.”

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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