Is COVID-19 spreading in my local school? A look at student, staff health in the Amarillo area

Coronavirus

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 ISD30,8511,408390213851,392
Canyon ISD10,11248611014547
Bushland ISD1,44973130086
Highland Park ISD868911420877
River Road ISD1,2968040010110
Borger ISD2,454214731028249
Stanford- Fritch ISD675N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips CISD668N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Spring Creek ISD103N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Texhoma ISD173N/A3N/AN/AN/A
Stratford ISD57192056
Gruver ISD433N/A0N/AN/AN/A
Pringle-Morse CISD117N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Spearman ISD 792N/A6N/AN/AN/A
Chillicothe ISD204N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Quanah ISD513N/A1N/AN/AN/A
Perryton ISD2,08374203910
Boys Ranch ISD 191N/A3N/AN/AN/A
Vega ISD 3611680240
Adrian ISD 117N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wildorado ISD225N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Booker ISD 360N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Follett ISD 177N/A2N/AN/AN/A
Darrouzett ISD139N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Channing ISD159N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hartley ISD233N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Dumas ISD4,095N/A39N/AN/AN/A
Sunray ISD591N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lefors ISD168N/A7N/AN/AN/A
McLean ISD202N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Pampa ISD3,399N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Grandview-Hopkins ISD40N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Miami ISD200N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Canadian ISD871N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Shamrock ISD379N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wheeler ISD424N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Kelton ISD123N/A1N/AN/AN/A
Fort Elliot CISD143N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Groom ISD138N/A1N/AN/AN/A
Panhandle ISD65471080
White Deer ISD365N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Hereford ISD3,8421135801387
Walcott ISD143N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Bovina ISD466670112
Farwell ISD55001010
Friona ISD1,081N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Lazbuddie ISD184N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Dimmitt ISD1,160N/A10N/AN/AN/A
Hart ISD215N/A1N/AN/AN/A
Nazareth ISD248N/A1N/AN/AN/A
Claude ISD3011750319
Clarendon ISD43508N/AN/AN/A
Hedley ISD116N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Memphis ISD449N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Turkey-Quitaque ISD199N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Wellington ISD532N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Childress ISD998N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Paducah ISD18574092
Happy ISD272N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Tulia ISD902401001236
Kress ISD278N/A7N/AN/AN/A
Silverton ISD1831633106
Dalhart ISD1,600N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Texline ISD195N/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.

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