COVID-19 Communication, New Data Dashboard

Lakota's COVID-19 Communication Procedures, New Data Dashboard
Posted on 09/08/2020
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Lakota's COVID-19 Data DashboardWith the return to in-person learning, Lakota is committed to responsibly tracking positive cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) among our students and staff, as well as current quarantine counts in response to such cases. 

“Every decision we’ve made in response to this pandemic has come back to the safety of our students and staff and their families,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “We continue to take that same approach where it involves reporting positive cases. It is our duty and responsibility to inform our families of any level of potential exposure to a case in their home building.”

Prior to the start of school, Lakota’s COVID-19 Response Team formulated a very prescriptive process for district administrators and nurses to follow when reporting confirmed positive cases, required quarantines and even symptomatic instances that require isolation. 

When a student or staff member tests positive, all of the following occurs within 24 hours: 

  • The building administrator or nurse completes a detailed report that is submitted to Lakota’s COVID-19 Response Team.

  • A member of the Response Team contacts the Butler County Health Department (BCHD) to begin the contact tracing process.

  • In partnership with the BCHD, the Response Team works with the building administrator and nurse to identify close contacts (have been within six feet of the individual for a total of 15 minutes or more). These Individuals are identified as high risk and must quarantine immediately and for 14 days from the last day of exposure. They receive a phone call and follow-up email communication with more specific details about the quarantine requirement from the BCHD.

  • The Response Team also identifies individuals who are considered low risk, meaning they may have been in the same classroom, on the same bus, etc. as the positive case, but did not meet the close contact criteria. These individuals are identified as low risk and receive an email communication encouraging them to be extra vigilant in completing their daily health assessment and minimizing socialization.

  • Finally, all staff and parents receive an email communication alerting them to a positive case in their home building.  

In compliance with Gov. DeWine’s recent case reporting order for K-12 schools, Lakota is also making available every Monday a community report of the newly reported positive cases and quarantines, by building and district-wide, for the prior week. Please click here to view Lakota’s data from the week of Aug. 31 through Sept. 4. All future reports will be compiled here as well. 

“As much care and caution as we are taking within our buildings to keep our students and staff safe during this unusual time, it’s important to remember that exposure can happen anywhere,” reminded Lauren Brown, Lakota’s manager of health services. “Please be vigilant in following recommended safety guidelines at home and while out in the community. That includes wearing a mask when with people who do not live in your home, physical distancing when possible and frequent handwashing and sanitization.” 

To stay informed about any positive cases being reported out of your home buildings, please log into your School Messenger account to check your contact information and preferences. All COVID-19 communications will be sent from the “Lakota News” category.