Keeping the Community Informed
In an effort to keep students, staff, parents, and the entire community aware of how COVID-19 is impacting our district, we plan to share as much information as possible, while protecting the privacy of those affected. Please know that these efforts will be a work in progress and our district will make adjustments and improvements.
The information below is current numbers as of the time stamp below. Anyone who is currently in isolation (positive case) or in quarantine due to exposure to a positive individual. Once an individual is no longer in isolation or quarantine they would not be reflected in the numbers below. The dashboard is updated as new cases are confirmed with Dallas County Public Health.
WCSD COVID-19 Status Update
|7||Student(s) currently testing positive (total students *9,217 in-person)|
|Case(s) present in buildings||Staff members currently testing positive (total staff 1,800)|
|98||Staff and/or students currently isolating/quarantining by Dallas County Public Health
*Students and/or staff in this category will have transitioned to the temporary online learning model
|Maple Grove Elementary
South Middle School
Waukee High School
Waukee Middle School
|Current buildings or programs with known positive cases.
*All individuals impacted have been contacted.
*(Updated: 9/18/2020 @ 2:30 p.m.) Disclaimer: The information set forth above is for informational purposes only. This information is based on reports to the District from other sources which have not been independently verified.
If schools choose to share case information further with the public, such as via public dashboards, they should make considerations to protect the confidentiality of students in the school setting:
• Release case counts only when there are 100 or more total students in the student population at a location
• Schools that have no cases can report zero cases
• Schools with counts of 6 or more cases can release specific case counts
• Schools with 5 or fewer cases should not provide a specific count but can confirm there are cases within the school population
• No other demographic identifiers should be included in the school-level release
School Nurse Protocol for COVID-19 Symptoms
The Iowa Dept. of Public Health and Dallas Co. Public Health Department recommends that any person with one high-risk or two low-risk symptoms stay home and contact their medical provider for an evaluation.
|One High-Risk Symptoms||Two Low-Risk Symptoms|
|Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing||Headache|
|New loss of taste or smell||Muscle or body aches|
Stay home until ALL these conditions are met:
- No fever for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.
- All symptoms have improved.
If your child should test positive for COVID 19, please notify your student’s principal or school nurse right away. For questions, you are directed to contact your health care provider or Dallas County Public Health at 515-993-3750.
In consultation with the Dallas County Public Health Department, contact tracing will occur immediately upon notification of a positive COVID-19 case. This includes identifying individuals that were within six feet of the positive individual for more than 15 minutes. Individuals identified as close contacts will be contacted by the state or local health agency and will be placed in a 14 day quarantine. More specifically, that means the following:
- If your student was in close contact and would need to quarantine, you will be notified by our Lead Nurse, Jo Hromatka in cooperation with the building administrator.
- If the positive case occurred in your student’s building/transportation/activity, you will receive an email notification. This is for those students who were not in close contact with the individual and do not need to quarantine.
- If the situation warrants, building administration will contact those students who will transition to online learning for the quarantine/isolation period with instructions.
- Due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the name(s) of the individual(s) with COVID-19.
- Buildings are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day and at night. In the case of a positive test, our custodial team will provide the appropriate level of cleaning per CDC guidelines.
- Beyond providing information at the school or program level, our district will create a dashboard on our website to track current positive COVID-19 cases impacting our district. For context, we have been provided the following recommendations to follow per federal guidelines.
- The dashboard will be maintained in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The data shared must be in a non-personally identifiable form, either by itself or when taken in the context of other information. The United States Department of Education has stated in their guidance FERPA and the Coronavirus Disease 2019, “. . . we caution educational agencies or institutions to ensure that in releasing such facts, they do so in a manner that does not disclose other information that, alone or in combination, would allow a reasonable person in the school community to identify the students who are absent due to COVID-19 with reasonable certainty.”
- Sharing large scale data, such as the number of total positive cases among students or employees would be unlikely to violate FERPA. However, breaking down the number of positive cases by building, grade level, or classroom could violate FERPA, particularly if the broken-down data is easy to identify. For instance, if a district has two positive cases in the second grade at ABC Elementary, then providing all of that identifying information could lead to the discovery of who the affected students or staff are by their absence from class. But if the district reports two positive cases among students districtwide, then it would be much more challenging for a reasonable person to identify the individual students.
Again, our desire, as always, is to be transparent, balanced against rights to privacy by students and staff. Most importantly, please know if you or your family is/are directly impacted, you will be contacted directly.
Our Board has established a matrix for the consideration of a move to a different form of learning for either a school or a district. For example, from our current model to one that is fully online. That potential move for our district is guided by a 10 percent or more positivity rate in Dallas County, and/or, a 10 percent increase in absences at a school when compared to last school year. If either or both are reached, it would trigger a special Board Meeting to consider additional data and to make a decision on whether or not to move to a different model for a school or our district. It does not automatically mean a transition will occur when either or both of those thresholds are met.