The Kettle Moraine School District is reporting 0 COVID-19 cases among students or staff, although 8 high school students are in quarantine, as of Sept. 11, 2020.
In addition, Waukesha County is reporting that there are 8 active child cases in school district boundaries. (7 of those are 15-18. The other age range is not given). The county lists the numbers as “active child cases in school district boundaries.”
As a result, the Waukesha County tally may include non-school age children, private schools, and homeschooled children, as well as public schools.
We contacted the Kettle Moraine School District’s superintendent to get district-level numbers as well.
Kettle Moraine Schools COVID-19 Numbers
We sent an email to the Kettle Moraine School District seeking district-level information. The superintendent provided us with a link to the district’s COVID-19 dashboard, which you can find here.
It reported 0 student or staff COVID-19 cases in the district as of Sept. 11. Eight students at the high school are in quarantine. There are also students in quarantine in two other schools (Cushing and KMMS), but the district is not releasing those numbers because they amount to fewer than five cases in each instance.
There were 61 active COVID-19 cases of those under the age of 18 in Waukesha County school district boundaries as of Sept. 11, 2020, according to public health data obtained by Wisconsin Right Now.e
We asked Waukesha County’s Health Department to break down the active child cases by school and they wrote us this back, “Waukesha County’s COVID-19 dashboard currently provides cases of school-aged individuals and the geographic boundaries of the school district they live in. The information is provided at this level in order to preserve Protected Health Information (PHI), as regulated by HIPAA. PHI is any health information that could be used to identify an individual.”
Elizabeth Tomev, Director of Communications for the state Department of Public Instruction, told Wisconsin Right Now that DPI “does not track the number of COVID-19 positive tests among students and staff. A principal, teacher, or school nurse per state statute must report a case of a communicable disease to local public health officials.”