NEA Tracking School Coronavirus Cases

The federal government is not releasing information on positive coronavirus cases in schools, but the National Education Association has a new database of reported cases across the country.

 
The National Education Association (NEA) now has a database of positive coronavirus cases in schools across the country. The federal government is not releasing information on the number of staff and students who test positive at schools, nor is it posting the districts that have closed because of postive coronavirus tests.

The NEA is taking over the project from Kansas high school teacher Alisha Morris, who began tracking positive tests at schools as she saw one news story after another of coronavirus in schools but could not find any public data that pulled it all together.

Morris created a Google spreadsheet and tracked news stories of outbreaks looking for patterns and more information about how other schools and districts were handling reopening.

“From day one, my intention wasn’t to take any specific position on any issue,” Morris told NEAToday. “I just wanted to empower educators to help their districts make informed decisions. I wanted to do my part in getting the information out there.”

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When she made the spreadsheet public, the project went viral, and she was inundated with information and reports of positive cases. The NEA contacted Morris and offered to take over the project for her. With school starting and the overwhelming amount of time needed to keep the project accurate and up-to-date, Morris turned over the reins.

The NEA School and Campus COVID-19 Reporting Site has links for each state that take users to a spreadsheet with individual cases listed. It also includes a link to where the information was verified and a count of confirmed student and staff positives and deaths, as well as number of students and staff quarantined for that specific event or outbreak.

Educators and members of the public can report information through a link on the main page. All reports are verified through media accounts, school and district websites and press releases, and other public sourses, according to the NEA.

The site states that it is not a comprehensive account of COVID-19 cases at schools: “Unfortunately, due to a lack of testing and funding, we expect the number of cases is higher than on this site.”

The site is still moving over some of the data from Morris's original site.

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Kara Yorio (kyorio@mediasourceinc.com, @karayorio) is news editor at School Library Journal.

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Cool Man

Cool article.

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Thank you.

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