Dashboard for Public Reporting of COVID-19 School Cases Launched on Connecticut Open Data Portal
The Connecticut Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Connecticut State Department of Education, today launched a dashboard for the public reporting of confirmed COVID-19 cases among PK-12 students and staff in all public and private schools. The data tables are searchable by school and will be maintained on the Connecticut Open Data Portal. Reported data will be updated weekly every Thursday and will reflect total student and staff cases as well as new cases reported from the previous week.
All Connecticut public and private PK-12 schools are required to report any new student or staff person in a school who is identified as having a confirmed positive test result for COVID-19. This includes any staff or students who are working or attending in a fully remote learning model. Districts have been instructed to submit their reports on the same day that their schools are notified or as soon as possible (e.g. if notified on a weekend).
In order to balance transparency and the utility of these data with the need to protect individual privacy, suppression rules have been applied to the reporting of school cases. For example, if a school reports 1-5 cases then <6 is displayed in order to de-identify the data. If 6 or more cases are reported then the exact number is displayed. If no cases are reported, 0 cases will be displayed.
It should be noted that the experience in Connecticut since reopening began for the 2020-21 academic year indicates that transmission has been a rare event inside of school buildings even in communities with elevated transmission rates. This is likely due to the high-level of planning and compliance with mitigation strategies designed to prevent transmission between individuals.
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