COVID-19 Related Absence Reporting Dashboard

Limestone Learning Foundation
Since the start of January, schools have been required to report student absences to the Ministry of Education daily and connect with local public health units if absences cross a 30% threshold.

Given we continue to work closely with KFL&A Public Health in monitoring student absences due to COVID-19 related reasons, LDSB has created a COVID-19 Related Absence Reporting Dashboard to support our school communities with information about student COVID-19 related absences within our schools. In recent weeks, this data is what we have been monitoring and we have now made the information publicly available.

The information presented in this dashboard is provided on a voluntary basis by parents or guardians when reporting their student's absence from school due to a COVID-19 related reason.

The dashboard only includes COVID-19 related absences on a school level and does not include information on a grade or classroom level. We have made the decision to share this information with everyone because we are tracking the numbers closely and continuing to work with KFL&A Public Health in monitoring Limestone schools. Collecting and sharing voluntarily provided test results at the classroom level is problematic for two reasons: 

  1. This would require us to store and share private medical information.

  2. Very limited PCR testing is occurring and based on reports of public health officials and medical practitioners, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results have become less reliable as a gauge of positive or contagious cases, even if the person is symptomatic. In other words, when a person develops symptoms does not always align with when they may test positive on a RAT.

Providing school level data based on COVID-19 related absences may provide greater insight into COVID-19 activity in a school community because it encompasses testing and symptoms, while also mitigating privacy concerns.

The information reported on this dashboard is voluntary and may not represent the full extent of COVID-19 cases in the Limestone District School Board. In addition, this data should not be confused with the PCR testing and reporting that was being led and tracked by KFL&A Public Health from September to December 2021. The dashboard will be updated daily at 11:30 p.m. with the previous day’s attendance. Friday’s absences would be reported on Monday.

COVID-19 Related Absences Reporting Dashboard 
COVID-19 Related Absence Reporting Dashboard

Help manage the impact of COVID-19 on our school communities

Students, staff, and our school communities can help manage the impact of the virus and reduce severe illness and hospitalization by taking the following actions:

  • Continue to self-screen daily using the COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool before attending school.

  • Get all COVID-19 vaccines you are eligible for, including booster doses.

  • Stay at home if you are sick – even if your symptoms are mild.

  • Always screen for symptoms before leaving your home, and if you have any symptoms, stay home.

  • If you have symptoms, take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) if possible, or a PCR test if eligible.

  • Practice respiratory etiquette (e.g., coughing into your elbow) and wash your hands frequently.

  • Wear a well-fitted, three-layer mask in all public indoor settings.

  • If you are hosting or attending a social gathering, please allow for physical distancing. Outdoor gatherings continue to be best.

  • If you test positive, or have symptoms, even if they are mild, you should stay home for at least five days or as otherwise advised by current Ontario Health guidance. Individuals can be infectious for up to 10 days, so it is important that for an additional five days you wear a mask when outside your home and avoid those who are most vulnerable and high-risk settings like hospitals and long-care homes.

Masking

Although masks are no longer required for students, staff, and visitors in schools and on school transportation, masking continues to be strongly recommended and encouraged. Masks continue to be available daily for all students, as well as PPE for all staff.

It should be noted that when schools cross the threshold of 30% absences due to COVID-related reasons, KFL&A Public Health issues a letter indicating that masking is recommended due to the presence of COVID in the school and community. 

Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs)

Rapid Antigen Tests will continue to be available for students and staff for symptomatic testing or returning from an unplanned absence. 

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.