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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 (updated 4/12/21)
 
All schools on normal schedule.
 
 
EMPLOYEE POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINES
 
 
UPDATED 4/12/21
 
 
April 5-11, 2021
  • Total number of positive COVID-19 employee cases reported: 4
  • Total number of employee COVID-19 quarantines reported: 18
 
 
  4/5/21-4/11/21
School Certified 
Employee
Positive
Classified 
Employee
Positive
Total
Quarantined
 
 
BAR      
BLH      
BLE      
BLM     Less than 5
BCE      
BUC      
CO     Less than 5
CHE      
CGE      
CHM      
CMS      
DMA      
DYE      
EAG     Less than 5
HHS      
HPC      
JCE     Less than 5
KES      
LAS   Less than 5 Less than 5
LVH   Less than 5 Less than 5
LLE      
LVM      
MES      
OHS     Less than 5
OMS      
RVE     Less than 5
RFE     Less than 5
RFM     Less than 5
RHS      
RSE      
RSM      
RVH      
RVM      
RWA     Less than 5
RWE      
SCE      
SCH   Less than 5 Less than 5
SCM      
SES      
SGH      
SGM      
SMH   Less than 5  
SMS      
SMP      
STE      
SWA      
TFA      
WBM      
WES      
WHE     Less than 5
       
TOTALS   4 18
 
 
 
Updated 4/12/21
 
STUDENT POSITIVE CASES AND QUARANTINES
 
 
April 5-11, 2021
  • Total number of positive COVID-19 student cases reported: 75
  • Total number of student COVID-19 quarantines reported: 1,009
 
 
April 5-11, 2021
School Student
Positives
Total
Quarantined
 
 
BAR 5 15
BCE   Less than 5
BES   17
BHS Less than 5 65
BLE   20
BLM Less than 5 65
CES   11
CGE Less than 5 26
CHM Less than 5 15
CMS Less than 5 5
DMK   Less than 5
DYE   8
EAG Less than 5 12
HHS Less than 5 Less than 5
HPC Less than 5 5
JCE/JCA Less than 5 9
KES   6
LES Less than 5 59
LHS Less than 5 17
LLE   7
LMS Less than 5 4
MES   Less than 5
OHS Less than 5 27
OMS Less than 5 22
RES Less than 5 49
RFE Less than 5 85
RFM Less than 5 36
RHS 6 35
RMS Less than 5 12
RSE Less than 5 20
RSM   Less than 5
RVH Less than 5 Less than 5
RW Annex   Less than 5
RWS   6
SCE Less than 5 22
SCH Less than 5 53
SCM   11
SES Less than 5 Less than 5
SGH Less than 5 36
SHS 5 19
SIM 6 73
SMS Less than 5 39
SPS   6
STE   10
SWA    
TFA Less than 5 13
WBM Less than 5 23
WES Less than 5 22
WHS Less than 5 8
     
Totals 75 1009
 
 
 
 
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SPREAD RATE METRICS INFORMATION

UPDATED 4/12/21

Rutherford County is currently classified as LOW spread rate with 878 active cases of COVID-19, which is .264% based on the county's population. (As of April 12, 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