SPS Health Dashboard

SPS Health Dashboard

The health and safety of students and staff is the top priority when making decisions regarding hybrid and/or virtual learning. Suffolk Public Schools has and will continue to work in collaboration with local health officials in making the decision to safely bring students back into the schools. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Virginia Department of Health encourage school divisions to look at several core and secondary indicators when making decisions regarding in-person learning.  The core indicators include the number of new cases per 100,000 within the last 14 days, the percentage of COVID-19 PCR tests that are positive during the last 14 days, and the ability of schools to implement 5 key mitigation strategies:
  • Consistent and correct use of masks
  • Social distancing to the largest extent possible
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Contact tracing efforts in collaboration with the local health department.
VDH recently evaluated the differences between the thresholds that CDC set forth in the Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making for case incidence and percent positivity and those thresholds originally used in the creation of the Pandemic Metrics tool. In order to be consistent with national standards, VDH has decided to use the CDC thresholds. However, while the CDC Indicators call for 14-day cumulative statistics, the VDH Pandemic Metrics tool is designed to use a 7-day moving average of daily values for case incidence and percent positivity. In order to translate cumulative thresholds for use at the daily level, they have been divided by 14.

SPS Covid-19 Dashboard 2021-22

- Case disclaimer:
One case does not equal one individual.  The total number of cases may include a single individual who was in multiple locations.  For example, if an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was in three different schools, that would count as three cases in the total number.  Cases are reported both for PCR and rapid test results. 

- Outbreak defined:
Per the Virginia Department of Health, an outbreak in a school is defined as at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 where persons are linked by a common exposure to an ill person, setting, event, and time period. Transmission must occur within the school facility or at a school-sponsored event among students, faculty, staff, or visitors to be classified as a school-associated outbreak.

*The tabs listed below are archived cases from September 8, 2020 - January 16, 2022. For current stats, please click on the above SPS Covid-19 Dashboard 2021-22 icon.