DAILY CASE REPORTS ARE HERE
The Cherokee County School District is monitoring the state of public health in our schools and will report, on this webpage, every Friday the updated total number of active COVID-19 positive cases at CCSD schools.
We will notify students’ parents/guardians and employees whenever there is a positive COVID-19 case at their school (complete list of notifications here, updated daily: COVID-19 Parent Notifications). If a student’s exposure to a student or employee who has tested positive meets the Department of Health’s requirements for mandated precautionary quarantine, parents/guardians will be immediately advised; the same notification will be made to employees who meet these requirements. A precautionary quarantine does not mean that an employee or student is sick or will become sick, but is a Department of Public Health-mandated practice, fully supported by CCSD, to best ensure the safety of the student or employee, as well as those teaching and learning around them.
Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must not return to school until they meet the Department of Public Health’s Return to School Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure.
Additionally, students and staff must not come to school with a fever of 100.4 or higher, and must not come to school until they have been fever-free, without the use of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours.
Q: “I’ve heard there’s a case at my school, why isn’t it in the total?”
A: Our process is confirm, contact trace, notify those who need to quarantine, send out schoolwide notification, and then list current (not cumulative) totals to this page every Friday. Also, please note that the counts include positive cases only, not precautionary quarantines.
Q: “I know someone who has been absent for more than a week. Is this a positive case we have not been made aware of?”
A: All extended absences are not positive cases. Many situations (another illness, an injury, staying home with a quarantined child, etc.) could cause an absences of multiple days.
Q: "Why does the quarantine period seem to be shorter than 14 days from when parents were notified about a case?"
A: The 14 days starts at the point of the last exposure as determined by contact tracing, NOT the point of notification (or when the case is posted). For example, Student A is in close proximity to Student B on a Friday for an extended period of time. On Saturday, Student A starts feeling ill. Parent seeks medical treatment for Student A on Monday and a COVID test is performed. Student A stays home from school during this time, and a positive test result is received on Wednesday, which triggers contact tracing and schoolwide notification. Student B was determined to be exposed within the 48-hour window of the onset of illness, and must quarantine for 14 days. The start of the quarantine is the last exposure on Friday, NOT the day of notification on Wednesday. As the timeline for test results can vary, the date a case is posted can lag behind the actual test date by several days or even a week, sometimes more. Cases posted the same day often have different origin dates and therefore different eligible-to-return dates. Students and employees are instructed NOT to return to school while a test result is pending.
Q: "I know a student or teacher who is having to quarantine but I don’t see a case reported at their school. Why not?"
A: People do not just have to quarantine due to an exposure at a school. They could be under quarantine from an exposure in another setting outside of school, like a family members, recreational sports, church, etc.
Q: "I got a letter about a case at my child’s school but I don’t see it listed yet. How long before a case is added?"
A: Cases are added to the notification report usually within 24-48 hours of the letter(s) being released. The Case Status Report page is updated each Friday with the totals by school, usually mid-day to late afternoon.
Q: What is an itinerant employee? Why are no schools listed for an itinerant employee?
A: Itinerant employees provide specialized services at multiple schools; these services can include technology, psychology, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and other special education or support services. Some combinations of schools served are unique or limited to only a few people; if listing the combination of schools would risk identifying the employee (a violation of their right to privacy), then the schools are not identified in the daily case report. The schools affected by a positive case in an itinerant employee do send out a school-wide letter (and any students or staff who should quarantine as a result of contact are, of course, notified), but we may not publicly identify the combination of schools in the daily case report.
School enrollment counts for digital and face-to-face instruction can be found on the Forms Page under Other Enrollment Information.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2020 (posted at 12 PM)
Note: 20 of these cases will be eligible to return to school Monday, October 26
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25- FALL BREAK, NO REPORT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2020
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2020
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020