The Tennessee Department of Education last Wednesday said it released a dashboard reporting additional COVID-19 information, including numbers of new positive cases in districts and schools.
The dashboard is available at districtinformation.tnedu.gov/covid-information/search/-1.
The department requests districts submit information on a weekly basis to report positive COVID-19 cases in districts and schools, as well as whether or how positive cases may impact the way teachers deliver instruction to students. While more than half of districts submitted data for the first week of reporting, full reporting from every district is expected by Sept. 22.
“Tennessee has led the way in supporting districts for a safe return to school, opening classrooms for the new school year, and now providing the public with information around how COVID-19 may be impacting their school communities through a district-populated dashboard,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn.
Users will have two ways to access information:
• A menu view or a dropdown menu will allow users to quickly select a district of interest to reveal more information.
• A map view or an interactive map of Tennessee with two views, district level and school level, will enable users to hover over their county or region and select their district or school to reveal more information.
At the district level, the dashboard will provide district-reported information on the number of new positive COVID-19 cases this week and the prior week among students and the number of new positive COVID-19 cases this week and the prior week amongst staff. In addition, the dashboard will display the primary operating model for schools within the district, including the number of schools conducting in-person learning, the number of schools conducting remote learning and the number of schools using a hybrid approach for instruction. Finally, the dashboard will display whether the district has adopted a critical infrastructure designation for certain workers, as well as a link to the district’s continuous learning plan, which outlines how the district plans to administer remote learning.
At the school level, the dashboard will provide district-reported information on the number of new positive COVID-19 cases among students, number of new positive COVID-19 cases among staff and whether adjustments from the district’s primary operating model were made within the school. Students and staff listed as positive do not necessarily indicate they contracted COVID-19 at the school.
The sharing of student information is stringently protected under the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act and protecting personally identifiable information. Schools with fewer than 50 students will not be reported in the dashboard. For schools reporting less than five positive student or employee COVID-19 cases, the school will be listed without a specific number of cases for the category.
During this first week of reporting, a majority of districts submitted information for the dashboard. In the coming weeks, the department will work closely with districts to support their reporting and encourage them to update information on a weekly basis. Districts received instructions for reporting the information to the department, and the department will continue to provide technical assistance to districts when needed.