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Cedar Rapids Schools ends COVID-19 reporting, changes mask stats

Cedar Rapids Schools ends COVID-19 reporting, changes mask stats

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — Parents in Cedar Rapids will no longer receive warnings or updates about COVID-19 cases in the district, a change that will also move statistics to end a mask mandate.

The district cited the end of Linn County Public Health’s contact tracing as leaving the district with an unclear picture of COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

“Due to the potential inaccuracies associated with self-testing and self-reporting, CRCSD has made the decision not to post data that CRCSD was unable to confirm,” district spokesman Colleen Scholer told TV9.

The district had weekly district-wide updates on its COVID-19 dashboard that included the number of cases broken down by individual school. Other Linn County counties including: University community and Linn Mar, continued on Friday with regular weekly updates on COVID-19 cases in their districts.

Cedar Rapids will also no longer notify parents when a case has been identified at their child’s school.

Scholer says the district is currently discussing the potential to release general sick leave to the public.

MASK MANDATE METRICEN

The end of contact tracing and case reporting also eliminated some of the stats the district used to determine when it would end its district-wide mask mandate.

Instead, the district will only use three stats:

  • Linn County 7-day positivity rate of 14% or less (currently 40.1%)
  • At least 50% of students get K-6 fully vaccinated.
  • At least 50% of students aged 7-12 are fully vaccinated.

The district said it is still discussing whether those statistics would allow them to lift mask mandates at individual buildings, which could lead to the Dubuque School District does.

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