NYSDOH’s COVID-19 Report Card and GJSD’s COVID-19 Dashboard

New York State Department of Health created a COVID-19 Report Card to track cases connected to school systems. Each day, the Greater Johnstown School District reports information to the state for the Report Card or “Dashboard,” which can also be accessed from the home page of the GJSD district website:  https://www.johnstownschools.org/

There are some important points that we want you to understand about information that may be reported from the GJSD Dashboard.

  1. It is important to note that in addition to school districts, COVID-19 cases are also being reported to the state directly by COVID-19 testing labs. For this reason, there could be a case reported on the dashboard that either the district is unaware of or has not yet been verified with us by the county department of health due to timing of reporting.
  2. Additionally, labs report cases by student address, which means a case among a student who does not attend a district school (e.g. a home school, private or parochial school student), could appear in the district’s dashboard in a column titled, “Lab Reported Positives based on Residential Address.”
  3. NEW (as of September 30, 2020):  Students and staff must receive a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of showing any symptoms of COVID-19.  It is important to note that  if definitive test results are not received for any reason (including test refusal) within 48 hours of the test being administered, symptomatic students or staff must be presumed positive and reported on the school’s dashboard. The case must be reported to local and state authorities and contact tracing must begin. The symptomatic individual must remain in isolation for at least 10 days or until other conditions are met. A negative test result halts all of the above procedures.

We would like to remind you of GJSD’s COVID-19 Notification protocols, which indicate that the district will use ParentSquare to notify staff and family if there is a positive COVID-19 case connected to the school. Due to privacy laws, we will be restricted in the amount of information we reveal about any positive case, but please remember that if anyone in your household is at risk of exposure, you will be contacted directly by the DOH.

We encourage you to call the local DOH (Fulton County Public Health Department) at (518) 736-5720 with any specific questions that the district may be unable to answer.