COVID-19 Status Report
Whitehall School District COVID-19 Status Report
Last Updated: September 8, 2020 - this page will be updated as we get new information, not on a daily basis, as some days our numbers will not change.
The schools are currently: OPEN
If the current active COVID-19 case count in Jefferson County is greater than 4; per the Governor's mask directive for schools, masks will be required for all students and staff. Jefferson County's active case count is publicly shared here: https://www.facebook.com/Jefferson-County-Health-Department-103167234795065 Please check this page for the latest information which determines the school's status with masks.
The Whitehall School District is monitoring the state of public health in our schools and will report, on this webpage, the updated total number of active COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines affecting students and/or staff in our district. The data reported below is not cumulative; rather, it shows the real-time, current status.
Number of active COVID-19 cases among students and/or staff
Number of students and/or staff in precautionary quarantine
Q: “I’ve heard there’s a case at the school. Why isn’t it in the total?”
A: Rumors abound, so it may not be true. Positive cases will be added to the notification report, usually within 24-48 hours of the County Health information being released. This allows the County Health Department to properly notify affected students and staff.
Q: “What happens if there is a positive case in the school?”
A: The County Health Department will notify students’ parents/guardians if exposure to a student or employee who has tested positive meets County Health’s requirements for mandated precautionary 14-day quarantine; the same notification will be made to employees who meet these requirements. A precautionary quarantine does not mean that an employee or student is sick or will become sick.
Q: “I know someone who has been absent for more than a week. Is this a positive case we have not been made aware of?”
A: All extended absences are not positive cases. Many situations (another illness, an injury, staying home with a quarantined child, etc.) could cause absences of multiple days.
Q: “Why does the quarantine period sometimes seem to be shorter than 14 days from when parents were notified about a case?”
A: The 14 days starts at the point of the last exposure as determined by County Health contact tracing, NOT the point of notification. For example, Student A is in close proximity to Student B on a Friday for an extended period of time. On Saturday, Student A starts feeling ill. Parent seeks medical treatment for Student A on Monday, and a COVID test is performed. Student A stays home from school during this time, and a positive test result is received on Wednesday, which triggers County Health contact tracing and school notification. Student B was determined to be exposed within the 48-hour window of the onset of illness and must quarantine for 14 days per County Health. The start of the quarantine is the last exposure on Friday, NOT the day of notification on Wednesday.
Q: “I know a student or teacher who is having to quarantine, but I don’t see a case reported at their school. Why not?”
A: People do not just have to quarantine due to exposure at a school. They could be under quarantine from exposure in another setting outside of school, like a family member, travel, recreational sports, church, etc.