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Database: Help The News Journal track COVID-19 in Delaware schools

The Division of Public Health offers COVID-19 statistics at the state level. So, the News Journal created its own database to track COVID-19 cases in schools.

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What does the presence of COVID-19 look like in Delaware schools? 

The Division of Public Health is offering statistics at the state level, but there is no one place for families and community members to get data broken down by school for a better picture of the presence of COVID-19 in classrooms. 

So, The News Journal created its own database. These numbers are compiled through Freedom of Information Act requests, public announcements released by schools, and crowdsourced notifications from readers. Any reader-submitted notifications are only included if they include official school communication. Schools are required to notify families any time someone in the building tests positive for COVID-19. 

It's important to note: Public health officials have said that any school-level data must come from the schools themselves. Public schools are subject to Freedom of Information Act requests. Private schools are not. 

Because of this difference in access of information, this database will likely skew more heavily toward public schools throughout the school year. Has your private school announced cases that aren't included on this list? Send them to education reporter Natalia Alamdari at nalamdari@delawareonline.com.

PARENTS WANT TO KNOW: If someone in school tests positive for COVID-19, who gets notified?

By now, most Delaware public school students have shifted back to virtual learning, after Gov. John Carney recommended a pause to hybrid learning as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the state. On Dec. 7, the state's data dashboard put schools in the red reopening scenario for the first time all school year. 

Those schools will remain virtual until Jan. 11. 

At the same time, some public districts are finishing out the calendar year with hybrid learning. Most private schools in the state have offered the choice between fully in person and fully virtual. 

When most districts had shifted to hybrid learning, about 60,000 Delaware students were experiencing some form of in-person learning. 

As of Dec.3, the cumulative number of students and staff in schools who tested positive for COVID-19 since Sept. 1 totaled 714. That breaks down to 235 students and staff in private schools, and 479 students and staff in public schools. 

At the school level, the News Journal has been able to confirm 432 of those cases. 

A few notes:

  • Cases attached to district offices, not individual school buildings, are in the process of being added.
  • Indian River School District tracks its cases on a weekly basis. In this database, those cases are input using the Saturday of each week, and may not line up with the dates parents were notified.   
  • We haven't been able to track down every case in Delaware Catholic schools, but the Diocese has reported 47 cases in Delaware schools as of Nov. 15. 

Do you now of a case not listed? Let us know. You can use this form, or email notifications to education reporter Natalia Alamdari at nalamdari@delawareonline.com. 

Database last updated: Dec. 8

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