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Covid-19 cases among Florida children jumped 26% in a month. It's still hard to know which schools are safe

September 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Since many Florida public schools opened their doors about a month ago, the number of children under 18 who have contracted Covid-19 statewide has jumped 26%, state data show.

Martin County, Florida (CNN)Since many Florida public schools opened their doors about a month ago, the number of children under 18 who have contracted Covid-19 statewide has jumped 26%, state data show.

Even though his administration has released county-level data that indicates the 26% jump, it has not released school-level Covid-19 data for all K-12 public schools, which CNN began asking the state Department of Health for on August 31.

To deal with this information gap, some school districts have created their own Covid-19 data dashboards or released coronavirus case numbers on social media pages or their websites.

The Martin County School District is one of those districts that releases its own Covid-19 data via the news media.

But the data available to students and parents about the Covid-19 situation in their schools still varies from district to district.

The Osceola School District posts on its website the number of students and personnel who are either quarantined or have tested positive for a given week.

The state does not require Martin County public schools to report the number of students and staff who are quarantined or have tested positive, Superintendent Laurie Gaylord told CNN.

In Martin County public schools, 64% of students are attending in-person classes, and 36% are learning remotely.

Tarpley, the Martin schools mom and employee, trusts the district is doing everything it can to keep her children safe, she said.

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