Kent ISD COVID-19 - School & Regional Student Programs Dashboards - Frequently Asked Questions

The Kent ISD COVID-19 - School & Regional Student Programs Dashboards provide parents, educators and the general public transparency on school-associated COVID-19 cases for our public, nonpublic and regional student programs.

Data on the Kent ISD COVID-19 Dashboards is provided through a partnership with the Kent County Health Department. Kent ISD is not responsible for the collection of COVID-19 numbers regionwide. Kent ISD’s primary role is to host, maintain and update the Kent ISD COVID-19 Dashboards.

The Kent ISD COVID-19 Dashboards are updated on a daily basis. To note, school-associated COVID-19 cases are identified through an investigation conducted by the Kent County Health Department. Pending this investigation, there may be some lag in reported cases.

The Kent ISD COVID-19 Dashboards report daily and cumulative school-associated “probable” and “confirmed” COVID-19 staff and student cases. A “confirmed” case resulted from a positive COVID-19 laboratory test. A “probable” case is someone exposed to COVID-19 and exhibiting symptoms. 

In order to comply with the public reporting requirements of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order from October 2020, data reported on or after October 12, 2020 include both “probable” and “confirmed” COVID-19 cases. Prior numbers include only “confirmed” cases, as the Kent County Health Department was not tracking “probable” school-associated cases previously.

For full definitions of “probable” and “confirmed” COVID-19 cases, please visit the Center for Disease Control website.

A “school-associated case” is defined by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order from October 2020:

“School Associated Case” means a case of probable or confirmed COVID-19 amongst students, teachers, staff members, coaches, volunteers, or any other person who was present on school property or at a school function under circumstances that may result in the transmission or contraction of COVID-19 during their infectious period. 

All public and nonpublic schools and districts located within Kent ISD’s geographic boundaries are included on the Kent ISD COVID-19 - School Dashboard. At this time, however, only schools physically located within Kent County are included. With a small number of Kent ISD-area schools located in Allegan and Barry Counties, we hope to incorporate these additional schools in the near future on the School Dashboard.

Regional Kent ISD student program data (e.g. Kent Career Tech Center, Great Start Readiness Program, Kent Innovation High, etc.) is listed separately on the Kent ISD COVID-19 - Regional Student Programs Dashboard.

The Kent ISD COVID-19 Dashboards only list entities that have had at least one COVID-19 case since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

The map lists cumulative school-associated COVID-19 cases by building or site since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The bar charts list COVID-19 cases by date.

In September 2020, the state of Michigan began reporting school-related “outbreaks” for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education. An outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked, do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing.

The Kent ISD COVID-19 Dashboards currently report daily and cumulative “probable” and “confirmed” COVID-19 cases.

For further information on COVID-19 figures in Kent County, please visit the Kent County COVID-19 Dashboard. To view statewide data, please refer to Michigan’s Coronavirus webpage.

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Kent ISD COVID-19 - School Dashboard

The Kent ISD COVID-19 - School Dashboard provides parents, educators and the general public transparency on school-associated COVID-19 cases. Figures include all public and nonpublic schools located within Kent County. Numbers are updated on a daily basis through a partnership with the Kent County Health Department.

Kent ISD COVID-19 - Regional Student Programs Dashboard

Follow the link above for our dashboard of COVID-19 cases specific to Kent ISD’s regional student programs, including but not limited to Kent Career Tech Center, Great Start Readiness Program, Kent Innovation High and others. Numbers are updated as new cases are identified.