NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Tennessee Department of Education has encouraged parents and teachers to log into the state’s data dashboard which offers an overview of COVID cases for all school districts so adults can make the best decisions for their children.
As the new school year begins, health officials fear the cases will multiply. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital reports that the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 has more than tripled in one week.
“Our goal right now is to have a safe school year,” said Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.
To do so, the Tennessee Department of Education has resumed collecting positive cases of COVID-19 for students and employees of state schools.
“When we look at last year and the data we collected. It was really about making sure families and schools were aware of students who were either COVID positive or in close contact, ”Schwinn said.
School districts and public charter schools are encouraged to report data to the Department of Education on a weekly basis, but are not required to do so by law.
“It will be important above all that we provide information to parents, parents deserve to have this level of data on what is happening in their schools and classrooms, so that they can make the best decisions for their children. “Schwinn said.
To visualize this data, it’s simple. Go to the Tennessee Department of Education website. Then search for “COVID Information. Select “COVID-19 District Information Dashboard Launched Today,” then click the blue text. This will then take you to a page that allows you to select your region and district. There, the latest positive COVID data for your child’s district should appear.
“In balancing this emergency, we must ensure that every child has access to a high quality education while ensuring that we have a safe person school year this year. This is the main focus of the department, ”Schwinn said.
Schools with less than 50 students are not included in this data.
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