MIAMI (CBSMiami) — It’s Election Day and that means there is no school for Miami-Dade or Broward County Public school students, however, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in those schools continues to rise.
As of Tuesday morning, there are now 380 cases, according to the Miami-Dade County Public Schools dashboard. There are 250 students and 130 employees who have tested positive for the virus.READ MORE: Miami Beach Police Investigate Possible Shooting On Collins Avenue
According to the dashboard, Miami Senior High has the highest number of confirmed cases with 11.
That’s followed by Coral Reef Senior High with 9.
Bob Graham K-8 Center, John A. Ferguson Senior High, Kendale Lakes Elementary, and Miami Lakes K-8 Center each have 8 cases.
Henry E.S. Reeves K-8 Center has 7.
Eugenia B. Thomas K-8 Center, Jack Gordon Elementary, Miami Coral Park Senior High and North Miami Senior High all have 6.
Felix Varela Senior High, Kendale Elementary, and Sunset Park Elementary all have 5.
Twelve other schools have 4 cases, 21 schools have 3 and 117 others s have either 2 or 1 case.
Some schools have hundreds of students and teachers in quarantine because of possible exposure to the coronavirus, even though there may not be a large number of cases posted on the dashboard.Residents Of Coral Gables Building Given 72 Hours To Vacate Over Structural Concerns
Miami-Dade Public School officials say quarantining students and teachers does not necessarily mean that there is a significant increase in cases and says that people are in quarantine because of the process of contact tracing.
For example, if one student tests positive, and they have six school periods a day with 20 kids in each class, that is already 120 students that will have to quarantine.
MDCPS’ communications office outlined the process.
A student either self-reports or the Florida Department of Health reports the case to the school.
The District School Health Office works with the Florida Department of Health to contact trace. They would determine if the student plays a sport or rides the bus, for example, and then notify those who were in contact with the student. Then, they have to quarantine for 14 days.
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A statement from Miami-Dade Public Schools Office of Communications says, “The District COVID-19 Dashboard is not intended to be a real-time system for tracking self-reported employee and confirmed student cases. Families and employees should not rely on the dashboard to learn about cases in their school or worksite. They will be notified of self-reported cases at their school or worksite well ahead of that information being populated onto the dashboard.”
Parents should be checking their children every morning for symptoms and employees should be filling out their self-assessment health tests every single day.
School officials are notifying parents in schools with positive cases with robocalls and reaching out to parents of children who may have come into contact with those who tested positive for the virus.
In Broward County, the school district’s COVID-19 dashboard shows there have been 202 total cases, 95 students and 88 staff, in the last 30 days, impacting 111 sites. This database is updated twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In South Florida
There is also a statewide dashboard from the Florida Department of Health, but the total number of cases on both dashboards don’t match. According to a Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesperson, the reason they don’t match is because the schools dashboard only shows the students and employees who are attending in-person classes and not virtual learning, while the state dashboard includes all employees and students, whether they are at home or going to school.