At Saint Louis Public Schools, we are in the business of educating children and giving them the academic, social and emotional tools they need to become future leaders. That said, student and staff safety is always our first priority. This dashboard has been established to provide regular updates on COVID-19 cases in our community. Statistics will be updated weekly and will include data from the seven days prior. If you have any questions about the data, please contact Meredith Pierce, SLPS director of communications, at email@example.com.
HOW TO READ THE STATISTICS
• Each slide provides a snapshot of one week of time. Numbers are not cumulative.
• The data are collected from the City of St. Louis Department of Health (DOH), SLPS staff and SLPS families.
• All positive student cases within the City of St. Louis are reported directly to the District by the DOH.
• Data include cases from students/staff participating in any of our educational models: in-person or virtual.
• As with most illnesses, it is not always clear where transmission occurred.
• In order to protect the privacy of students and staff, we cannot share details about individual cases.
• That said, we can confirm the vast majority of positive cases have been shown to have been contracted outside the District.
• Based on visitor feedback and in order to provide a clearer snapshot, we will break cases into two categories, starting on Oct. 30, 2020, cases reasonably believed to have been contracted/exposed at District sites and cases reasonably believed to have been contracted/exposed outside the District.
• Statistics provided in the dashboard are based on the best information available at that time.
The District’s COVID Response Team consults frequently with medical professionals and the City of St. Louis Department of Health regarding St. Louis City COVID data. We will continue to monitor local data, COVID trends and updated CDC/DOH guidance, and adjust our Restart Plans as often as necessary to make the best decisions for our students, staff and community.
This dashboard is designed to share a snapshot of COVID-19 statistics affecting the Saint Louis Public School District community. Numbers of new positive cases of staff and students are not aggregate; rather, the numbers reflect those cases confirmed by the District during the week time period as indicated.
With respect to the Quarantine numbers, SLPS follows the CDC’s definition of Quarantine: “the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic from others who have not been so exposed to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. Quarantine may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.”
Numbers indicated are meant to provide the public with a snapshot of how COVID-19 is affecting the District community as a whole. As such, quarantine numbers indicated include all staff/students subject to any voluntary or mandatory quarantine due to an exposure, regardless of where such exposure occurred. Those individuals subject to a quarantine will remain within the “Quarantine” tracking numbers until such time that they are no longer subject to a quarantine order. Additionally, quarantine numbers include all staff and students, including those staff and students who are exclusively engaged in virtual instruction from home.
CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES
If a student or staff member who has been in a District building tests positive for COVID-19, the COVID Response Team’s Contact Tracers immediately begin the process of contact tracing to determine any close contacts with the COVID-positive individual. Individuals who are determined to have had close contacts will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, and those quarantine numbers are reflected in the Dashboard totals throughout that person’s quarantine period.
COMMUNICATION DURING QUARANTINE/ISOLATION
The District’s COVID Response Team will communicate directly with staff members and/or students who potentially had close contact with the individual who tested positive. After a determination that any individual must quarantine due to an exposure, the COVID Response Team will also work in conjunction with both District building staff and the St. Louis City Department of Public Health to maintain contact throughout the quarantine period to obtain relevant updates and facilitate a return to school. Students who test positive for COVID-19 and students who must quarantine will be shifted to virtual education during the time period that they are unable to attend brick-and-mortar.