Twenty employees and 14 students have tested positive for Covid-19 in Pinellas County Schools since classes began on Aug. 24.
The school district on Friday launched a webpage that provides information on the number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases reported each day. The webpage lists cases at individual schools and discloses if precautionary quarantine measures were required. See the webpage here.
The district said it will update this site each business day with information available on confirmed cases from the previous day.
“With more than 115,000 students and staff members and 160 facilities, we need everyone in our schools and our community to do their part to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” the district said in a news release.
The Walter Pownall Service Center, which houses the school district’s division of facilities and operations, has the most number of cases. Seven employees at the Largo facility have tested positive.
One of the larger impacts has been at St. Petersburg High School, with one student who tested positive on Sept. 2. Seven classrooms were impacted, the district said.
When there is a confirmed positive case, the district said it would notify all the parents or guardians and employees in that individual school community. If a student has been exposed to someone who tested positive and that exposure meets Department of Health requirements for mandatory precautionary quarantine, the parents or guardians will be advised, with the same notification made to employees who meet those requirements.
A precautionary quarantine does not mean that a student or an employee is sick or will become sick, but it is a Department of Health practice to ensure the safety of the student or employee, as well as those teaching and learning around them. Pinellas County Schools said it supports that practice.