COVID dashboard schools

The first positive case by a student in Haywood County Schools coincides with the launch of an online COVID dashboard that shows at a glance which schools have positive cases and how many.

“It’s hot off the press,” Associate Superintendent Trevor Putnam announced, unveiling the new dashboard at a school board meeting Monday night. “It is a record of what’s going on at all of our schools in Haywood County.”

The dashboard is an easy-to-read table listing the following information for each school: total number of positive cases to date, number of new cases that day, and whether any clusters are associated with that school.

A cluster is defined as a group of cases with transmission tied directly to that school — as opposed to isolated cases where a student catches COVID outside school with no known spread within the school itself.

While parents are notified directly if there’s a positive case at their child’s school — including which grade the case is in — the dashboard provides a real-time snapshot for the community at large to see.

“We also thought that others might like to know what is going on at all of our schools,” Putnam said, commending IT Director Kim Jackson for creating the dashboard.

School board members said the dashboard will hopefully assuage concerns among parents.

“I think that helps eliminate a lot of questions the public has asked about, so that’s wonderful,” School Board Member Jimmy Rogers said.

“We are just trying to be as transparent as we reasonably can,” Superintendent Bill Nolte said.

The dashboard is at www.haywood.k12.nc.us on the top left side.

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