VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ COVID-19 case dashboard is updated every morning at 10 a.m. with data from the previous day.
The regularly-updated report, which aims to boost school division transparency during these uncertain days, shows the number of cases, their locations within the school and administrative buildings, and dates.
“We figured as far as from a transparency standpoint that we wanted families to be aware of where potential exposures occurred. That’s why it’s broken down by school,” said VBPS Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer Natalie Allen.
To date, there are 115 positive coronavirus cases total (updated Dec. 1) and 65 of those cases were reported in November.
Allen says that’s not to be mistaken with the number of individuals, however.
For example, if the tally at the bottom were three cases, that number could represent one COVID-19 positive person who happened to go in three different buildings.
Not only are there case counts on the website, but there’s also a tab about what happens when a case is discovered. The school system says when a COVID-19 case is confirmed, a contact tracing investigation will be completed. any individuals identified as having close exposure contacts will receive a call advising them to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure.
There’s even a sample letter of what a parent would get if a case was confirmed in their child’s school.
“The hope with the dashboard is that parents have a one-stop-shop to see exactly where cases are across the school division but also for them to know that we do have a procedure in place as it relates to contact tracing and those kinds of things,” said Allen.
School officials say those who have been identified by the Virginia Beach Department of Health as having contact with the virus will be called by the investigating nurse and required to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure.
VBCPS began welcoming some of its students back to campus in late September and have been bringing more back gradually since then.
But on Nov. 16, the school system announced that it was returning to virtual learning the next day because of an uptick in cases in the city. It will remain virtual until at least through the Thanksgiving holiday. Stay with WAVY News 10 for updates.
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