AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – “There is no plan C.”

Amarillo Public Health Department Director Casie Stoughton gave such a warning during an early August conference on the state of the pandemic in the High Plains. The Alert Status Level for Amarillo has been settled at level ‘Red’ since Aug. 11, amid a steep rise in cases and hospitalizations due to the virus that has led to dangerous stress on the healthcare system.

The City of Amarillo has continued to release daily reports of new cases of COVID-19, new recovery counts, and an updated death toll made from reports through Potter and Randall Counties. Recently, the city also began a weekly report to clarify hospitalizations and vaccination rates of the critically ill.

However, with the school year underway on the High Plains, how are case numbers related to local schools being tracked?

In September 2020, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) announced they were putting together a COVID-19 School Dashboard. While school districts may not publish their individual numbers on the district website, case information from public schools are required to be reported to the relevant state departments. These numbers are then added to the statewide dashboard.

The latest update to the dashboard on the DSHS website was noted as Aug. 13, with updates expected on Fridays “with data for the previous Monday through Sunday.” On Aug. 13 the data was reset for the 2021-2022 school year.

via the Texas Department of State Health Services

Across the state of Texas as of Aug. 13, 4,729 students have tested positive for COVID-19. Also as of that date, 3,373 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Data from Amarillo area school districts, as of Aug. 15:

School DistrictTotal EnrollmentTotal Student CasesTotal Staff CasesOn CampusOff CampusUnknown
Amarillo ISD31,1913,1941,021245453,646
Canyon ISD10,7691,084281251,358
Bushland ISD1,5441443600180
Highland Park ISD831151352913144
River Road ISD1,35215883112228
Borger ISD2,5245341801942653
Stanford- Fritch ISD67542120459
Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD668N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Spring Creek ISD103N/A5N/AN/AN/A
Texhoma ISD175N/A3N/AN/AN/A
Stratford ISD57192056
Gruver ISD433N/A14N/AN/AN/A
Pringle-Morse CISD1171241141
Spearman ISD 795833011498
Chillicothe ISD2014282480
Quanah ISD517882600114
Perryton ISD2,076N/A50N/AN/AN/A
Boys Ranch ISD 1663460391
Vega ISD 37021110320
Adrian ISD 118N/A0N/AN/AN/A
Wildorado ISD227N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Booker ISD 356N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Follett ISD 17834103410
Darrouzett ISD149N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Channing ISD165N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hartley ISD235N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Dumas ISD4,33829879133244
Sunray ISD624N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lefors ISD181513288
Pampa ISD3,522N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Grandview-Hopkins ISD47N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Canadian ISD8412076307263
Shamrock ISD375N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wheeler ISD407N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kelton ISD1431310104
Fort Elliot CISD159N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Groom ISD1471860321
Panhandle ISD664N/A1N/AN/AN/A
White Deer ISD344N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hereford ISD3,962263138037724
Walcott ISD154N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Bovina ISD461433044029
Farwell ISD59301010
Friona ISD1,073N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lazbuddie ISD169N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Dimmitt ISD1,160N/A37N/AN/AN/A
Hart ISD2103142825
Nazareth ISD250N/A3N/AN/AN/A
Claude ISD31444130354
Clarendon ISD453863601202
Hedley ISD125N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Memphis ISD4362040240
Turkey-Quitaque ISD195N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wellington ISD551N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Childress ISD1026N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Paducah ISD162171601122
Tulia ISD95013246030148
Kress ISD27467058
Silverton ISD192391052915
Dalhart ISD1,732N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Texline ISD220N/A0N/AN/AN/A

The TEA has updated its guidance on COVID-19 for Texas school districts regarding school activities, contact tracing, and other protocols.