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St. Vrain Valley School District will now include COVID-19 quarantine data for each school, a decision reached by Superintendent Don Haddad Wednesday night during a meeting of the school board.
Earlier in the session, Haddad said parents who wanted quarantine information could approach their child’s individual school and get the latest data from the school’s administrators.
Haddad was then asked by board member Richard Martyr why parents had to approach each school individually about the number of people being quarantined. Haddad responded that putting the school data on the district's COVID-19 dashboard would lead to confusion and uncertainty.
But, Haddad said, he would follow the direction of the school board and put the quarantine data on the dashboard.
“We made the decision not to do that for a variety of reasons, but if people are frustrated by it we would be happy to put it in,” Haddad said.
Some parents had complained other districts had featured each individual schools' quarantine breakdowns on their dashboards.
Haddad told the school board every district was facing different circumstances in dealing with COVID-19 and reporting the virus differently. He added, however, he would move ahead with a school-by-school reporting approach.
“I don’t want us to get bogged down in a debate,” he said. “We’re just going to add them and move forward.”
The quarantine information will be updated once a week and parents can still ask schools for their quarantine data as well, Haddad said.
Statewide data shows COVID-19 numbers are rising and St. Vrain officials are keeping close tabs on the changes offered by the virus, he said. More restrictions may come that could alter district operations.
“We anticipate there will be more isolation and quarantine requirements,” Haddad said. “It’s important we continue to be vigilant.”