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New COVID-19 school dashboard published by Tarrant County Public Health

Posted Sept. 4, 2020

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Tarrant County Public Health has released a school data dashboard to help school leadership and residents better understand COVID-19 metrics in their areas.

“The new dashboard, along with our existing education guidance, is designed to help our school leadership and parents understand their local COVID-19 infection rates so they can make the best decisions for their children,” said Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja. “Right now, the health status of many of the school zones has improved to a point where a hybrid learning model may be appropriate.”

The data shown on the new dashboard suggests various learning scenarios that may be appropriate to consider, based on the current health data metrics in school zones. The dashboard will be updated every Monday. The new information is meant to be used in conjunction with Tarrant County Public Health’s educational guidance that was most recently updated in August.

Public high school attendance zones are used on the dashboard to show the COVID-19 metrics for each local area, including elementary, middle, charter and private schools. The interactive site allows users to click on zones and schools and use drop-down menus to identify the local area. Users can measure the infection rate at the county, school district and high school attendance zone levels for comparison.

“The data metrics in Tarrant County show that the COVID-19 situation has improved enough in several school zones, shown in yellow, to allow the hybrid model of learning, which couples online virtual learning with in-person learning,” Taneja said. “The areas indicated in red are still best suited for virtual learning, as they present a high risk of spread posed by COVID-19.”

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