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How do you decide if a school system moves remote? Ohio State offers system based on local data |

A dashboard developed by Ohio State University researchers is helping Ohio superintendents make crucial decisions on learning remotely, as the coronavirus continues to rage throughout the state.

Ohio state reporting guidelines require schools to send information through local health departments with the number of new and total coronavirus cases in both staff and students. The COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance System, or CATS, takes information from the state and combines it with specific district information, like nurse visits and student and staff absences.

The CATS dashboard includes comparisons of cases per 100,000 people, or occurrence rates, for both the county and the school district attendance zone. Data provided by school districts allows for officials to see the percentage of student and staff absences relative to a normal threshold, as well as a breakdown of cases by age and other demographics.

Before the end of the year, 19 schools in central Ohio, including Columbus City Schools, will be working with Ohio State researchers on using CATS, with at least 10 already onboarded. Districts need to work directly with OSU to use the system.

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