BCSD creates COVID-19 dashboard to detail weekly positive cases

September 9, 2021 /

The Bakersfield City School District has implemented a COVID-19 dashboard that will reflect positive COVID-19 cases reported to a school or department by an onsite student or staff member.

The dashboard details weekly positive cases at BCSD schools and facilities and is updated every Friday afternoon. It will include all positive cases, even if the virus was contracted elsewhere. The dashboard notes that a positive case is being defined as an individual onsite who reported a positive COVID-19 test result to the district, and is reported in the dashboard based on the week in which the positive test was taken by the individual.

Since September 7 there has been 483 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kern County and five new deaths. Additionally, there were 329 COVID-19 related hospitalizations and 71 in the ICU.

“Bakersfield City School District is a microcosm of our community,” Tabatha Mills, Chief of Communications at BCSD, said via email. “As our community experiences COVID-19, so does our District.  To ensure our community understands the impact of COVID-19 locally, BCSD released the BCSD COVID-19 Dashboard.”

The BCSD’s 2021-2022 Plan for In-Person Instruction and Services depicts the district’s guide for a safe school year as students resume schooling onsite. The district’s guidelines include wearing a mask, washing your hands before entering and leaving a facility, demonstrating raspatory etiquette, and staying home when sick.

The district also requests that students, staff, and faculty perform a daily health screening that considers whether or not symptoms are being experienced prior to stepping on campus.

The dashboard lists the number of in-person students and staff, number of confirmed cases and what percentage of the total population that number represents.

As of September 2 there was 120 positive cases reported throughout the 44 schools and administrative offices in the district.

The BCSD dashboard can be accessed through the District website.

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