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Montgomery County district launches dashboard to monitor COVID-19

Posted at 10:25 PM, Sep 18, 2020

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Montgomery County Schools are getting ready to return some of their students to the classroom in a little over a week. On Sept. 28, the school district will be transitioning to a hybrid model and have launched some tools to help them do so safely.

The model's plan is to have students come back in shifts and be online the other days, but even with the reduced numbers, Superintendent Matt Thompson says he wanted to give parents a tool to ease their minds about the transition. As a result, the district launched a dashboard which allows parents to go online at anytime and monitor the number of COVID-19 cases and quarantines affecting the school district. The dashboard goes back to August 31, and it is updated as the school receives information from the health department.

"We wanted to make sure we had a system that was accurate, that was fast and that was transparent," Thompson said.

"The dashboard is also broken up into categories depending on if the case involves a student who is in-person or virtual or if it is a staff member. However, even with this tool, Thompson said it is important for parents to remember that there are going to be times when numbers don't match perfectly with the state department of public health's website.