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Rutherford County Schools COVID-19 Information

 

RCS COVID & Quarantine Dashboard 

Rutherford County Schools launched its own dashboard in November 2020 to report COVID-19 school information.
 
Parents can find information about which schools are on temporary distance-learning to allow quarantines to clear, the number of reported positive cases and quarantines, and the community spread rate information
 
The dashboard includes the total number of new positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines reported each week for employees and students and a school-by-school breakdown. Please note, school level information is only reported if the school has five or more cases because of health privacy requirements, but all cases are included in the district total. 
 
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Quarantine procedure changes for students (2/11/21)
 
Rutherford County Schools has reverted to using a 14-day quarantine period for students who are identified as close contacts of an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19. In December, the district had selected a shorter quarantine option that was provided by the CDC which allowed students to exit quarantine after seven symptom-free days with a negative COVID-19 test. However, since then, there have been several cases of students using the early return option and then developing symptoms, which resulted in other contact-traced quarantines.
 
We are vigilant when it comes to contract-tracing and quarantining as part of our mitigation plan to maintain staffing levels and to keep schools open. If too many employees are quarantined because of contact-tracing, then we must close an entire school for a period of time, which affects parents and students. We appreciate you understanding the need for the longer quarantine period.
 
 
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SCHOOLS ON TEMPORARY DISTANCE-LEARNING
 
All schools on normal schedule.
 
 
EMPLOYEE POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINES
 
 
UPDATED 5/24/21
 
 
May 17-23, 2021
  • Total number of positive COVID-19 employee cases reported: 1
  • Total number of employee COVID-19 quarantines reported: 1
 
 
  May 17-23, 2021
School Certified 
Employee
Positive
Classified 
Employee
Positive
Total
Quarantined
 
 
BAR      
BLH      
BLE      
BLM      
BCE      
BUC      
CO      
CHE      
CGE      
CHM      
CMS      
DMA      
DYE      
EAG      
HHS      
HPC      
JCE      
KES      
LAS      
LVH      
LLE      
LVM      
MES      
OHS      
OMS      
RVE Less than 5   Less than 5
RFE      
RFM      
RHS      
RSE      
RSM      
RVH      
RVM      
RWA      
RWE      
SCE      
SCH      
SCM      
SES      
SGH      
SGM      
SMH      
SMS      
SMP      
STE      
SWA      
TFA      
WBM      
WES      
WHE      
       
TOTALS 1 0 1
 
 
 
 
 
Updated 5/24/21
 
STUDENT POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINES
 
 
May 17-23, 2021
  • Total number of positive COVID-19 student cases reported: 5
  • Total number of student COVID-19 quarantines reported: 424
 
 
May 17-23, 2021
School Student
Positives
Total
Quarantined
 
BAR   6
BCE   Less than 5
BES   12
BHS Less than 5  
BLE   7
BLM   46
CES Less than 5 30
CGE   11
CHM   6
CMS Less than 5 32
DMK   0
DYE   11
EAG   12
HHS   0
HPC   0
JCE   6
KES   Less than 5
LES   12
LHS   Less than 5
LLE   30
LMS   12
MES   Less than 5
OHS   22
OMS   6
RES   13
RFE   Less than 5
RFM   0
RHS   7
RMS   6
RSE   Less than 5
RSM   14
RVH   7
RWA   Less than 5
RWS   7
SCE   5
SCH Less than 5 27
SCM   Less than 5
SES   Less than 5
SGH   Less than 5
SHS   Less than 5
SIM   Less than 5
SMS   6
SPS   5
STE Less than 5 10
SWA   8
TFA   Less than 5
WBM   7
WES   Less than 5
WHS   Less than 5
     
Totals 5 424
 
 
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SPREAD RATE METRICS INFORMATION

UPDATED 5/24/21

Rutherford County is currently classified as LOW spread rate with 267 active cases of COVID-19, which is .080% based on the county's population. (As of May 17, 2021).

How are these metrics used to determine school closures?

The metrics outlined below are used to determine — on a school-by-school basis — whether individual schools should be moved to distance-learning temporarily based on the community spread rate and the data for each school, such as increasing number of cases within the school, teacher absenteeism, the substitute teacher fill rate and support staff absenteeism. 

For example, during the first of the semester of the 2020-2021 school year, the school district closed individual schools temporarily 22 times, not including the week of Thanksgiving and Dec. 16-18. 

These metrics will continue to be used during the second semester. 

 
 
Metric 1
 
Metric 2