The COVID report outlines the total number of positive cases reported in our facilities as well as the number of staff and students in quarantine. The report is updated weekly on Monday at noon.
Case Report FAQ
How and when will the report be updated?
- The report on the CSD website is updated every Monday at noon.
Why is the report not updated in real-time?
- While the report is only posted weekly, parents and staff are notified of positive cases in their child’s school or in the facility where they work in real-time via email. The report on the website is posted weekly to allow time for our contact tracing protocol to be fully completed. Our school health team, contact tracing teams, and district and school leadership constantly monitor the status of COVID transmission to determine the need for adjustments to our mitigation strategies.
What is in the report?
- The COVID report outlines the total number of positive cases reported in our facilities as well as the number of staff and students in quarantine.
- The quarantine numbers in the report are only for staff or students quarantined due to exposure during school-related activities. We may be notified that a student or staff is quarantined due to activities outside of school-related activities. Those numbers will not be included in our total count. For example, if a student is exposed to COVID-19 at their recreation league team practice and must quarantine, that student will receive at-home quarantine learning, but their quarantine will not be reflected in the dashboard since it was outside of school.
- Information related to positive cases in afterschool programs, including programs run by the City of Decatur, is not included in the report.
I see that there is a positive case listed for a particular school but do not see any numbers listed in the quarantine column. Why is that?
- Anyone with a positive case is required to isolate. The quarantine numbers on the report reflect the number of individuals that must quarantine due to exposure. Therefore, a positive case will not also be reflected in the quarantine columns.
- Isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.
- Quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus.
- This video from the CDC helps to explain the difference between isolation and quarantine. (https://youtu.be/l3s75_X8Xjs)
- Also, not all positive cases lead to individuals being quarantined. For example, close contacts that are vaccinated and remain symptom free are not required to quarantine.