COVID-19 Data Dashboard
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New COVID-19 Data Dashboard 2021-22 (Week 3 through present)To provide real-time data and ensure accuracy of the cases reported, a new dashboard was launched in early September 2021. Positive cases and related quarantines are now reported daily by each school, eliminating the previous lag in cases reported and the extensive paperwork that led to inaccuracies in the data. (Click link above to see data.)
Old COVID-19 Data Dashboard 2021-22 (Week 1 through Week 5)
When the school year began, the district continued the data collection and reporting processes used during the 2020-21 school year. (Click link above to see data.)
Summary Report of COVID-19 Cases 2021-22 (Week 2 through Week 5)
As cases began to surge in Week 2, it became apparent that new systems would need to be established to keep up with the increasing volume of daily line lists and related reporting to the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Lake County. With administrative support personnel added to help keep up with the daily cases, the information from the school to the district and then to DOH gave room for duplication in the cases reported and other inaccuracies. To ensure the accuracy of the cases reported in Weeks 2-5, district staff worked with school principals to provide the attached summary report to the School Board and to the public on Sept. 8, showing the actual cases reported by each school for Weeks 2-3 and Weeks 3-4. Please note, the dashboard data for Weeks 2-5 will not match the summary report. The district has acknowledged the discrepancies and developed new systems and a new dashboard to ensure the data is accurate moving forward. (Click link above to see data.)
Near the start of the pandemic, we sought a quick and simple way to convey information to stakeholders about COVID in our schools. The spreadsheet at the link above was our solution.
New state rule allows parents to choose whether asymptomatic students exposed to COVID-19 quarantine
On Sept. 22, 2021, Florida's new Surgeon General issued Rule 64DER21-15 regarding the quarantining of students who are exposed to a positive person at school. In accordance with the new rule, a parent or guardian of a child who has been exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will be called by a school official. If the student exposed has no symptoms, parents or legal guardian may choose one of the following options:
1. Allow the student to attend school, school-sponsored activities or be on school property, without restrictions or disparate treatment, so long as the student remain asymptomatic; or2. Quarantine the student for a period of time not to exceed seven days from the date of the last direct contact with an individual who is positive for COVID-19. In other words, students may continue attending school or return to school at any time as long as they show no COVID symptoms. Students who do quarantine, either as a positive case or direct contact, will not be penalized for being absent.
We encourage parents to regularly monitor students' health. If they students any COVID symptoms, they must stay home as outlined in the rule. Additionally, we recommend that all students exposed to COVID wear a mask for 7-10 days as a precautionary measure.
School Board adds mask requirement with opt-out to district's safety protocols
The Lake County School Board in a special meeting on Sept. 9, 2021, voted unanimously in favor of Superintendent Diane Kornegay's proposal to require masks in schools where 5 percent or more of students and staff test positive for COVID-19. Parents who do not want their children to wear a mask would be allowed to opt out of the requirement. Read the amendment HERE. See our Opt-Out Guide HERE.
See full list of Safety Protocols HERE.