As of September 22, when the dashboard added the new information, there were 454 distance learners, or 2.7% of the division’s roughly 16,500 in-person students. As of Friday, September 24, that number had risen to 737 students, or 4.5% of all in-person students.
“We believe that the inclusion of this information… helps provide much-needed context and tell a fuller story of what is currently happening in our school buildings with regard to COVID-19,” said the spokesperson for COVID-19. Hanover schools Chris Whitley by e-mail. The dashboard provides “additional transparency and a continuous snapshot over time of how COVID-19 is affecting our schools [and]… as a school division, we want to do everything reasonably possible to keep our families informed about health issues and related decisions related to our schools. “
The Hanover dashboard was already showing the cumulative total of positive COVID-19 cases among staff, students and visitors since the first day of school on September 7. As of Friday, it showed a total of 129 cases among 121 students, 6 staff and 2 visitors. Liberty Middle, Patrick Henry High and Cool Spring Elementary have had the most positive cases so far, with 17, 16 and 14, respectively.
The Henrico dashboard has also been refreshed and is now updated every Monday with information from the previous week. It shows the total number of positive cases identified in the past seven days, as well as the number of close contacts of those positive cases. It also shows the running total since September 1 for these two data points.