Weekly COVID-19 Statistics
As we navigated the opening of the school year with the onset of COVID cases, contract tracing, and notifications, we realized that each school would not have the appropriate amount of time to work with the health department in a timely manner, and the ability to communicate with our community as often as necessary. We have worked to remedy this problem, and have streamlined our communication processes. You will now be able to find weekly, updated COVID information on our website. This information includes reported positive cases among students and/or staff, not necessarily cases that exposed anyone at school.
As you know, we are working closely with Marion County Health to get quick and accurate guidance that we believe will help keep our students and staff safe. Our school district must follow HIPPA and FERPA laws and cannot disclose information about individual COVID-19 cases. Please know, though, that individuals who may have had close exposure to a person with confirmed COVID-19 are rapidly identified and notified.
To all students and staff, please stay home if you are feeling sick and monitor your symptoms carefully. COVID-19 can look different in every person, vaccinated or unvaccinated, and it is important to get tested if you begin to show primary symptoms.
Parents, it's important to notify us if your child becomes ill with COVID-19. If your child or other household members develop symptoms, please contact their school.
Primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Fever of 100.4 or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Loss of taste or smell
Other symptoms may include:
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Runny nose or congestion
This page will be updated weekly, or sooner if necessary. Let's continue to work together to lessen the spread of COVID-19!
We are doing our very best to keep accurate information that we can report to you each week. You will notice that sometimes the numbers change, and you may be wondering why. As we work directly with the Marion County Health Department, they may change the onset date of someone's COVID diagnosis. That means that we will change the week of the positive test to correspond with their notification to us, which enables better record keeping.
Another wondering that you might have is regarding the numbers of positive cases you see on our weekly report. These numbers reflect positive cases that are reported to us regarding students and staff who attend or work in the Jefferson schools. It doesn't mean that these cases were discovered at school, or even that the person was positive while at school. Whenever that is the case, we are required to contact trace with the help of the Marion County Health Department who will in turn notify you if your child had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during their infectious period.
~updated as of 9/21/2021