On Oct. 20 the Johnson County school superintendents and JCHE met to review the current COVID data in relation to the school gating criteria.
The county is currently in the “orange” gating criteria, according to Pam Stranathan, USD 231 superintendent’s board report.
“As a result, this would continue to place grades 6-12 in a remote learning environment during the month of November,” she said. With that stated, her report continues, it is important to know the board has the option to collectively vote and override the decision during the November board of education meeting.
“On another note as shared last week, we are working on a COVID-19 dashboard,” Stranathan continued. “It is taking a bit longer than we anticipated but we are hopeful to have it available early next week.”
The dashboard will be updated every Monday, around noon, and will be live on the district’s website.
It will be disaggregated by elementary and secondary, but not building, as that will lead to identifiable information for both students and staff, Stranathan’s report continues. “The dashboard data will represent the number of positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases in district schools and buildings as officially confirmed by Johnson County Department of Health and Environment that may have posed a risk of exposure at school.”
Students in the optional remote learning model are only included in the data if they are also participating in school activities in person at a district facility. Data will represent the prior Monday through Sunday.
Gating criteria includes green (low risk); yellow (medium risk); orange (high risk); and red (highest risk).
According to information provided in October by the JCHDE:
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) will update school gating criteria based on emerging information and community input. Many schools in Johnson County have also gone back to learning in some form and are implementing public health strategies to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
These public health recommendations are intended to help families and school districts make decisions about the safest learning mode for students and staff in a novel pandemic. The recommendations are based on currently available information, data and science, and expert analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Children’s Mercy Hospital. As new evidence emerges, recommendations may change. JCDHE and school districts are working closely together to monitor community and school conditions and make amendments if necessary.