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District 186 Dashboard Information & FAQ

District 186 developed this COVID-19 Dashboard in partnership with the City of Springfield and made possible by the Bloomberg-Harvard Data Track Initiative. This dashboard is one more way we are communicating with District families and residents around daily COVID-19 cases within District 186 schools. 

Families will be notified directly in a timely manner by the school nurse or administration if a student has been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 individual. Protocols for isolation or quarantine will be explained to families. 

This data is for information purposes only. Any changes to District 186’s policies or procedures around COVID-19 will be communicated directly to district families as new guidance is received through a variety of sources, which includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, Sangamon County Department of Health, and Illinois State Board of Education. 

The following is Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help you use this tool more effectively. If you have further questions that are not answered below, feel free to email district@sps186.org.

HOW DO I VIEW THE DASHBOARD?
The dashboard is available on District 186’s website and can be found here

HOW DO I USE THIS DASHBOARD?
This dashboard is for information purposes only. This is to provide up-to-date insight to COVID-19 positive cases within District 186 schools in addition to a general snapshot of positive cases in Springfield.

This dashboard is also one of the tools used by District 186 leadership to make informed and timely decisions regarding COVID-19 and the education of its students.   

HOW IS THE INFORMATION GATHERED? 
Each school enters their own student and staff information into District 186’s system daily. The COVID-19 Dashboard pulls the necessary information to populate the dashboard. 

WHEN IS THE DASHBOARD UPDATED?
The COVID-19 Dashboard is updated each day, Monday thru Friday, at 5:00 p.m. Weekend data will be reflected on Monday.

CAN I FIND OUT HOW MANY CASES ARE IN MY CHILD’S GRADE? 
Through the search function, you can view how many COVID positive cases by grade level throughout the district, which will allow viewers to see how positive cases are distributed by age and grade.  However, due to the importance of student privacy, the dashboard does not provide grade-level information for each school as it may prompt identification of an individual. 

CAN I SEARCH CASES BY MY CHILD’S SCHOOL? 
Yes. By clicking on the box next to the building name, individual school data may be viewed. The provided data is displayed in a way that does not compromise student privacy. 

CAN I SEE VACCINATION INFORMATION FOR EACH DISTRICT SCHOOL?
No. The vaccine data is provided by the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and gathered through the Illinois Department of Public Health. Vaccination is an ongoing process in our community and increases daily. Community health care providers and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health continue to work diligently to vaccinate school district employees.

WHY IS THIS DASHBOARD INFORMATION DIFFERENT FROM OTHER STATE-WIDE WEBSITE INFORMATION?
This information is gathered and provided by each school within District 186 and then reported at 5:00 p.m. each evening, Monday through Friday. Any positive cases reported over the weekend will be reflected on Monday evening’s data.

The different websites, including the Illinois Department of Public Health and Sangamon County Department of Public Health, all have their own structure on how and when they report their cases. That is why there may be a slight difference in the data on each website. 

WHICH SPRINGFIELD SCHOOLS ARE INCLUDED IN THE DASHBOARD?
All of District 186 schools are included in this data. This data does not include any parochial or private schools or surrounding school districts. 

CAN THE NUMBER OF POSITIVE CASES REFLECT THOSE THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN REMOTE ONLY LEARNING?
The data reflects hybrid students and is based on information reported by students, Sangamon County contact tracers and District 186 staff. Potential data from remote students could also be reflected when communicated by parents, students or contact tracers to schools.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT COVID-19?
There is information available on the Center for Disease Control website, which can be found here.

District 186 houses information regarding COVID-19 and hybrid and remote learning resources on their District website, which can be found here.