School year 2021-22, Week 1
The BAD DATA COVID Scale
Welcome back, data junkies! It’s that moment we’ve all been waiting for: another year of playing did-my-kid-catch-COVID-at-school. For this inaugural data dump from the Blue Valley School District, I’m going to introduce you to a new “scientific” rating scale so you can quickly understand if anything is hitting the fan.
New COVID Cases
Sometimes you feel like a spreadsheet, and sometimes you feel like an emoji. While it’s true that the CDC, the state of Kansas, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and the Blue Valley School District have all published their own criteria for when COVID is, in fact, a problem, none of those four rubrics are in perfect alignment. (Not that it matters, of course, since all actions taken to increase building safety or expand student quarantine are immediately hit with a parent protest or a lawsuit.)
And so: screw all that. I’m just going to give you my hot take each week for where we rate on a scale of Happy Hour to Dumpster Fire:
|Enjoy those happy hour margaritas!|
|Grocery shopping is fine, but maybe think twice about that Garth Brooks concert|
|Wear that mask everywhere|
|You don’t need the mask because you’re not going outside|
Week 1 is off to a start, unfortunately, with nearly 50 new COVID cases reported within the district. Rumors are circulating from parents of a large (34-person) COVID outbreak at Cedar Hills Elementary, but this has yet to be confirmed by the district. (UPDATE: the district responded that they only report what the county health department has provided them to report, so they can neither confirm nor deny this incident.)
All the same, the last time we saw so many new infections in a single week would be in the January/February timeframe, at the previous peak infection wave. I’ve asked the KC Star to see if they might be able to help reconcile the discrepancies, as these differences between official numbers and parent experience are occurring throughout the metro.
Regarding Cedar Hills, I have verified that the number of positive cases showing on the dashboard is 7. As you likely know, JCDHE would have recommended quarantine for any close contacts (inside or outside of school) of these cases. We do not publish quarantines by school.
Why are you putting in so much effort on this one little thing?
Because somebody needs to, and unfortunately our local government and school administrations don’t have the bandwidth to do more than they already do.