**The JC Schools COVID-19 positive case tracker includes the number of current active cases within the school environment by building, in addition to the number of new cases and cumulative cases for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any trouble viewing the embedded dashboard below on your web browser or device, you can GO HERE to access the tracker directly.**
Due to a technical error, the COVID-19 tracker failed to add new cases the week of October 18th. During that time frame, there were four student cases and one staff case within the school environment. We apologize for any confusion this has caused.
- Positive cases within the school environment will be monitored constantly throughout the school day to watch for trends and determine whether any immediate changes are needed to mitigation protocols.
- Positive cases within the school environment will be assessed weekly, at a minimum, to evaluate the percentage of positive cases among students and staff based on the total population of the school.
- Individual classrooms, grades, school buildings, school categories (elementary/middle/high) or the entire district can be moved into corresponding levels (green/yellow/red) at any given time based on the number of active cases within the school environment, or based on community trends.
- If a school community is moved from a lower to higher level (from green to yellow or yellow to red), the corresponding mitigation protocols will remain in place for a minimum of 10 calendar days to allow active cases to complete required quarantine.
- If after 10 calendar days the percentage of active positive cases within the school environment drops back into the range for a lower level, the school community will move back to the corresponding mitigation protocols.
- The district will also closely monitor county level data including, the number of positive tests collected, the percentage rate of residents testing positive, and the positivity rate per 100,000 people.
- Staff and parents will be notified of any changes to levels for their school community.
When the Jefferson City School District receives notification and confirmation of a student or staff member testing positive for COVID-19 the following steps will be taken:
- The district will begin the process to determine when the student/staff member became symptomatic and whether they were on school property while symptomatic;
- If it is determined the student/staff member was not on school property within 48 hours before becoming symptomatic and has had no close contact with other students/staff members, the case is not added to the tracker as it did not have an impact on the school environment;
- If it is determined the student/staff member was on school property while symptomatic or within 48 hours before becoming symptomatic, the district will begin our contact tracing process to determine whether any other students or staff members may be identified as having close contact with the individual. Contact tracing investigation will include assessment of individuals determined to be less than three feet of the positive case for longer than 15 minutes (six feet for adult to adult contact outside of the classroom).
- After contact tracing has identified potential close contacts, a thorough investigation is conducted to determine which close contacts are considered at risk for transmission and whether they should be quarantined. Variables include:
- Type and severity of symptoms exhibited by the positive case (such as cough/fever vs. headache or asymptomatic);
- Positioning of people relative to the positive case (individuals facing one another vs. individuals who never face one another);
- Any physical contact with the positive case (individuals who talk and frequently interact vs. individuals who never interact);
- Layers of protection in place (masks worn properly, barriers such as plexiglass, etc);
- Vaccination status of the close contact (individuals who are fully vaccinated will likely not be required to quarantine as long as they are not showing any symptoms);
- Ability to provide proof of immunity based on recent COVID infection within the last 90 days or positive antibody test.
- After the investigation findings are reviewed and approved by the positive case’s local health department, the district notifies staff members or families of students identified as close contacts.
- The number of new cases within the school environment will be updated daily and posted to the website, at a minimum. Should any concerning trends develop, such as a cluster or outbreak within a building, or a positive case in a building for the first time, notification will still be sent to staff and families of that building as soon as possible. This would include any activity that would warrant the temporary or extended closure of a classroom, grade, or building.