Teachers, Parents Wanting More Transparency With EVSC Covid-19 Cases

Teachers and parents are angry, saving EVSC is not being transparent enough about the amount of Covid-19 cases in the schools, only being notified if they have been in close contact with the virus. While EVSC officials say they want to protect students’ privacy.

Posted: Sep 18, 2020 5:47 PM

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is getting backlash from teachers and parents who say they want to know about every positive case of Covid-19 within the school district.

But EVSC spokesperson Jason Woebkenberg said while he understands their desire to be informed, doing so would be tricky because they don’t want to violate HIPPA.

Currently, the rule is that anyone who has been six feet apart from someone for fifteen minutes during a day is a close contact, meaning they would be notified. This often times includes the teachers.

But for those wanting more positive case data on the whole district, Woebknberg said they may be in luck as they are waiting on guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health on a new statewide dashboard to track cases.

According to the Indiana Health Commissioner, the new dashboard would require two representatives from each school to update it daily.

“We are eager to see how that’s going to look,” Woebkenberg said. “We actually have several questions we don’t have the answers to yet. We would definitely want to make sure that however that dashboard looked, it would protect people’s privacy.”

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