'The Courier recently requested a copy of the documents or memos given to schools within the Cobb County School District explaining how to report incidences of COVID-19.' cobbcountycourier.com/2021/08/a-walk…
'Our purpose was to learn how the district gathers the data for their weekly case report.

The district provided us with three documents: Infectious Disease Reporting Protocol, Notifiable Disease Condition Reporting, and COVID-19 Pandemic Safety Guidance for Employees.'
'The first document, Infectious Disease Reporting Protocol, provides a step-by-step description of the reporting process, and that’s the one we’ll focus on in this article.'
'In the first paragraph the document gives the top level reporting view, and states that school personnel will contact the Nursing Supervisor, who in the Cobb County School District is Melanie Key Bales, MSN, RN, CMS, and she will report the case to Cobb & Douglas Public Health.'
'The document then outlines the procedures at the school level.

“When any school staff member becomes aware that a student or staff member has or may have an infectious disease, he/she shall report that information to the Principal and School Nurse immediately.”'
'“The School Nurse will determine if the infectious disease is one that should be reported to the Consulting Nurse and Supervisor of School Health Services. The information provided to the School Nurse, Consulting Nurse, and Supervisor of School Health Services'
'by the school staff member should, at a minimum, include the student’s directory information as defined in Administrative Rule JR-R (Student Records)”'
'The document then describes what the Supervisor of School Health Services and school principal should do.
“The Supervisor of School Health Services shall then notify Cobb and Douglas Public Health Department.'
'Immediately following, the Supervisor of School Health Services will contact the District’s Chief of Staff.”'
'The steps in the report by the principal are described as follows: “One the School Nurse determines if the infectious disease is one that should be reported, and communicated such to the Principal, the Principal shall then report the information to the appropriate Level Asst Sup
'The Level Assistant Superintendent shall contact the Chief Leadership Officer regarding the confirmed infectious disease.”'
'Notification of parents
The document describes the notification process as follows:'
'If the public health nurse confirms an infectious disease (based on lab confirmation) an appropriate notification letter to the parents/guardians/students of the affected student population should be e-mailed to the Principal by the Supervisor of School Health Services.'
'The letter should be printed on school letterhead and signed by the Principal. The letter shall not contain any personally identifiable information about the students who are or were infected.'
'Copies should be distributed to identified students or their parents/guardians based upon the contact and mode of transmission of the illness'
'A copy of the letter distributed to the students should also be sent to the District Communications Office, the Level Assistant Superintendant, the School Nurse, the Consulting Nurse and the Supervisor of School Health Services.'
From a stakeholder (who is not a parent/guardian of a student), this is the current low risk letter. School name/info at top was removed:
And from same stakeholder (again NOT a parent/guardian), this is the current contact letter. Both versions are sent via CTLS. School info removed:
FWIW, I'm not really sure the digital template via CTLS Parent meets the definition of "letterhead" as per the policy.
Per a stakeholder (different school, not a parent/guardian): I received the low risk letter every day this week. At least once, twice in the same day. I know I was a close contact, but have never received that one. I don't think teachers are being properly traced.

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22 Aug
Thanks to hivemind support from @melissaamerault and others, I'm working on comparing the current data to last years. First takeaway? Cobb schools didn't exceed 1,000 cases until the week of December 11th. That was after ES, MS, and HS had all returned f2f and a break
@melissaamerault It, however, did not have over 800 cases in a single week ANY week in the 2020-2021 school year. The highest weekly increase was 470 week of January 15th, 2021.
@melissaamerault Cobb had over 942 new cases this week, week of August 20th, 2021. That is almost exactly DOUBLE the highest weekly new cases from last year (470 on 1/15), 3 weeks into the year @ChrisJoseWSB, @RebeccaGaunt, @CobbCourier, @ajc, @mdjonline, @nytimes @CDPHga
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'The number of COVID-19 cases in Cobb County schools has more than doubled in a week.' 'Every Cobb County school but one — the South Cobb Early Learning Center — has now reported a coronavirus infection this school year.' mdjonline.com/news/cobb-scho…
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State school-aged data---cases for ages 5-17 are out of control. Hospitalizations rising for the MS level. ER visits up. …emiologyschoolreport.s3.amazonaws.com/SchoolAgeSurve…
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Largest recorded number of school and daycare clusters, as far as I can tell. Hate these kinds of graphs, they don't communicate info clearly. But, the increase is obvious. …emiologyschoolreport.s3.amazonaws.com/SchoolAgeSurve…
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Elementary Hotspots this week: Baker (21), Blackwell (11), Davis (12), Dowell (29), East Side (35---had 46 last week), Ford (16), Frey (13), Garrison Mill (14), Hayes (14), Mableton (14), Nickajack (26---I believe it was around 20 last week), Powder Springs (14) 1/2
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Updates to public health protocols per super right now: Quarantine-in-place is "parents' option". Not a requirement. Must mask. Note, @GaDPH now says ONLY applies if masks were worn at time of contact. web.cobbk12.org/page/8993/watc…
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@GaDPH @CobbSchools is NOT requiring masks, so this part of the new clarification does not allow the district to do the "no close contact quarantine at school", correct, @GaDPH?
@GaDPH Additionally, it does not apply to adults? ' This exception only applies to students in a class' Cobb /has/ been applying it to adults. @GaDPH, they can no longer do so, correct?
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