ALBANY — Every public school in New York State will have a COVID-19 report card showing the public how schools are dealing with the pandemic.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the on-line report card as part of his COVID update Tuesday morning.
“Teachers don’t want assurances… they want the facts,” Cuomo said. “They don’t really want my opinion, they want the facts. Give me the facts and I’ll come up with my own opinion.”
Cuomo said the report card will be comprehensive in letting parents and teachers know how many students and staff have been tested, what the test was, who did the test and what are the results.
“Every school district has to report every day as to how many tests were taken, what kind of tests, what were the results,” he said. “We’re going to have a COVID report card for every school in the state.”
As part of the report card, school districts, county health departments and testing laboratories must report daily to the state, Cuomo stressed.
The results will show how school districts and individual schools are doing in implementing and carrying out plans.
Part of the tracking will be positive cases by the date of students and staff, by school and school districts, and whether those tested are schooling by remote, in-person and hybrid models.
Cuomo signed an executive order Tuesday to ensure reporting is done on a daily basis.
As schools reopen and districts, local health departments, and labs begin reporting this data to the NYS Dept. of Health, the COVID-19 Report Card will be live at: schoolcovidreportcard.
“Facts empower people to make informed decisions for the health and safety of themselves and their families,” Cuomo said. “The COVID-19 Report Card will give parents, faculty and students the most up-to-date information on the status of their school and their school district’s testing and results. I urge our school communities to stay vigilant and be smart.”
The COVID-19 Report Card will provide parents, teachers, students and all New Yorkers with comprehensive data updated on a daily basis, including:
- Positive infections by date of students & staff by school & school district
- Whether school/district (& student and staff) are remote, in-person, or hybrid
- Number of students and staff on-site
- Percentage of on-site students & staff who test positive
- Number of tests administered by the school, test type, lab used and lag time
- Date of last submission/update.