This dashboard will be updated daily on school days while levels of COVID-19 transmission in the community are moderate to high.
We will continue to consult with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) when we become aware of cases. The guidelines from 2020-21 that stipulated a specific number of onsite cases before buildings were required to close (these were displayed as "closure gauges") are no longer in place. Instead, case counts will be considered by MCOPH within the context of contact tracing and how transmission is occurring in school and within our community before determining best actions for mitigation.
This dashboard is maintained to provide our community with information about how COVID-19 is impacting our schools and provide an additional measure of its prevalence in our community. As originally designed, this dashboard was intended to provide information regarding the possibility of a school closure due to case counts. While a similar dashboard format remains, reaching the previous building case limits no longer automatically results in a building closure.
Explanation of Dashboard Metrics:
Active District Positive Cases: This displays only the positive COVID-19 cases reported by staff or students. A positive case is defined as a confirmed positive or probable positive who was on-site during the infectious period (defined as within two days of the onset of symptoms). It does not include positive cases by staff or students working remotely, positive cases reported by members of our community who were already in quarantine as a close contacts, or other cases where individuals have been determined non-infectious when last onsite. Because many district employees are not assigned to a building, the total active cases may not equal the sum of the active positive counts by building.
Total in Quarantine Today: This provides a measure of all students and staff that have been directed to quarantine. While positive cases are included in this count, so are any students or staff members directed to quarantine because of close contact to someone who has tested positive, those awaiting test results, or other COVID related circumstances where isolation or quarantine have been directed. When individuals conclude their period of quarantine and are cleared for return to school, they are removed from this count. Most of these numbers are NOT positive cases but are people in quarantine as close contacts or for other reasons.
New Quarantines by Day: This provides an indicator of the number of COVID-19 related cases and quarantines that were reported to the district each day. These are displayed as the date the quarantine started. As we sometimes receive information in the days after a quarantine period has started, the numbers for each day can fluctuate as records are added or updated over time. Positive cases are a subset of the quarantine count. Most of these numbers are NOT positive cases.
Active Positive Count by Building: These are school-specific counts of positive COVID-19 cases. These represent positive student or staff cases for individuals who have been onsite at the school and who are now isolating as active positive cases.