Nationwide COVID-19 School Dashboard: FAQ

Last updated September 4th 2020, 5:59:09pm

National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard, Frequently Asked Questions:

What kind of questions will the survey ask?

The baseline enrollment survey asks about school enrollment and staffing numbers, opening plans (hybrid/remote/in-person) and a small number of questions on COVID-19 precautions. Our pilot data suggest that the survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

The bi-weekly survey asks a very limited set of questions: current enrollment model, student in-person attendance numbers, in-person staff numbers, confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases in students and staff.

How will the baseline enrollment survey data be used?

The baseline enrollment survey will be used to confirm school participation in the public dashboard. In addition, we will use these data to identify how schools are opening and the demographic data will be used in analysis.

How will the bi-weekly survey data be used?

The bi-weekly survey data will be compiled by the participating organizations and publicly reported onto the dashboard at the county and state level. No individual school or district will be identified on the public dashboard.

How quickly will data be available?

We anticipate updating the dashboard within a week after data entry.

How will you verify the data is real?

We will have procedures in place to follow up with schools who enroll individually to make sure they are truly representing a school. And we’ll have checks in place to verify data, including cross-referencing to other sources which report cases, like county health departments.

How will my data be protected?

Only the project team will have access to data with school identifiers. Publicly accessible data will be identified only at the county and state level.

What will my school get?

The main reason to participate here is the public good. These data are (we think) necessary to get our kids back to school and project the safety of teachers, staff and students.

Can I participate if I’m an independent or charter school?

Yes! We are eager to have any school participate. Please indicate your interest here.

Can I participate if I am not opening in person?

Yes. We’re interested in any school that is open for the 2020-21 year, including remote-only instruction, along with those who are opening initially. Please indicate your interest here.

If I have other questions, who can I reach out to?

Please reach out to covidschooldashboard@gmail.com and we’re happy to answer any questions.