The district also announced last week that Superintendent Lisa Herring tested positive for COVID-19. She is working while in quarantine.
The Atlanta district has held classes virtually since spring, but the state requires schools to report weekly coronavirus infections even if teaching is happening online.
The data will become even more important as parents decide whether to send their child back to classrooms when APS resumes in-person instruction. The district delayed reopening school buildings this fall because of rising infections in Fulton and DeKalb counties, but the school system is planning for a potential return in January.
The district first posted the data publicly at the end of last month. The most recent website update came Wednesday, the day the district said it received the state’s Nov. 6 report.
District officials told school board members last week that they will work to post timely data.
Board chairman Jason Esteves said at a recent meeting that APS should refresh numbers as quickly as possible, using information collected directly from schools instead of waiting for the state to send its report. That’s a step Herring said her team can do.
The information APS posts online includes a listing of staff and student cases by school.
For the week ending Nov. 6, for example, the website shows one case each at North Atlanta High School and Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy.
The weekly state report includes other information that APS has not posted publicly but has released in response to an open-records requests from the AJC. For example, the complete report shows the number of students and employees in isolation or quarantine, as well as the cumulative number of cases in the district since late August when the state began its tracking system.
Atlanta high school sports have been permitted to continue, and schools have been able to track coronavirus cases among student-athletes, said Lovett. But schools may not know about every student who has fallen ill while learning at home unless parents alert their child’s school.
“Parents have to report that information to the district for us to report it here,” she said.
Roughly a quarter of the district’s schools haven’t reported data in the most recent report.
Lovett said administrators are working with school staff to emphasize the need to submit the information weekly to the state and enter the numbers correctly so that it shows up in the report.