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NPUSC Positive COVID Dashboard

The Dashboard was last updated Thursday, 12/2/20 at 5:49 p.m.

This Dashboard is showing the number of total overall positive cases among NPUSC  students and staff since August 2020; it is a running total. The cases are NOT broken down by date. Therefore, the quarantine of some of these cases may have already concluded. Please note that since this information goes back to August and because the school year started on August 13th, there may be cases where the person was out of the building for a prolonged period of time, yet the information was still reported to us and we recorded it for tracking purposes. In cases where no close contacts were identified and/or the person was not in the building, there may have been limited or no communication sent to staff and/or parents.

Note:  9 of the High School and 3 of the Middle School students tested positive before the start of school.

The Dashboard is broken down into these data groups:

  • Students & Staff
  • Grade Level
  • School Building

We do not send districtwide communication in positive cases. The staff and families of the impacted building/location are notified. This Dashboard is viewable, in the interest of transparency, by the public so families and the community can see the cases.

Federal privacy laws, HIPPA, and FERPA prevent us from providing the identity of any staff or student that test positive.  Therefore this data is aggregated separately and is not relatable to the other categories; therefore we are not inadvertently identifying the positive cases.

When NPUSC Administrators receive notification of a positive case, the following actions are taken:

  1. Contact Tracing of the positive case begins to identify Close Contacts
    Following CDC and Indiana State Dept. of Health Guidelines, positive cases must now do the following: *isolate at home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND
    *be fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with an improvement of symptoms
  2. Close Contacts are identified, notified, and quarantined for 14 days
    *Click here for more details on contact tracing from ISDH.
    *Click here for more details on quarantine from the CDC.
  3. The principal notifies building teachers and staff of a positive case in the building
  4. The principal notifies all school parents/families of a positive case in the building
  5. If necessary, parents and staff (who are not close contacts) of the impacted classroom will receive a more detailed notification. This is not always necessary if the close contacts have been quickly identified, not returned to school, and are quarantining.

We consult with the Laporte and St. Joseph County Health Departments on specific situations to determine whether there is a need to shut down an impacted classroom, or the entire school. As part of the safety protocols put into place as part of the District’s Overview Return to Learn safety plan, students are broken down and grouped in pods within their home classroom to limit exposure risk should a positive case happen. This also allows for efficient and thorough contact tracing. Students are even grouped for lunch and recess. Assigned seating and seating charts are utilized on buses, in the classrooms, and in the cafeteria to also assist with quick and effective contact tracing.

*PLEASE NOTE: at this time the Dashboard is showing total overall cases since August 2020The cases are NOT broken down by date. Therefore, the quarantine of some of these cases may have already concluded. Due to the nature of the coronavirus and even with contact tracing, the determination of where a person contracted the virus is not always easily discernable. An NPUSC student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 does not necessarily mean the person contracted this while in an NPUSC building or attending an activity.

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