District Adjusts Health Metric Dashboard

District Adjusts Health Metric Dashboard
Posted on 11/11/2020
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Over the past several weeks, we have been examining our current Health Metric Dashboard as to when it is safer to return our students to school.  With all of our efforts to address COVID-19, we are adapting as new information becomes available. As a result, we are moving forward with a change to our health metric dashboard that will likely return students to schools in Phase 2 and 3 more quickly than under the original method we’d been using.


Original Interpretation of Health Metrics

In July, 2020, our Board of Education approved a plan through which we would gradually return students to school based on improving Milwaukee County and local health metrics.  As a result, each week, we track Milwaukee County COVID-19 data (located on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website) and City of West Allis COVID-19 data which we receive from the West Allis Health Department.  Each week we have updated our current Health Metric Dashboard HERE.


Our original health metrics dashboard included thresholds that needed to be met in Milwaukee County, West Allis, and West Milwaukee before we introduced each new phase of our plan.  For example, the health metrics thresholds needed to move to Phase 2 looked like this:


Original Metric Threshold s to be Met Prior to Phase Changes

Phase

Description

Metric 1

COVID Burden Status


Milwaukee County

HERE

Metric 2

COVID Burden Status

West Allis 

West Milwaukee


Notes

Requirements for each phase, 14 Day Care Trend: Percent positive below 5%, Positive cases trend down, 

Hospitals not in crisis care and not nearing capacity (Milwaukee County) HERE


2

Two Days Elementary 

Distance Learning


Moderately High 


Moderately High 

Includes designated students with special needs


Originally, we needed to reach “Yellow” in the COVID Burden Status metric in both Milwaukee County and in West Allis and West Milwaukee before we return elementary students to school in Phase 2.


Revised Interpretation of Health Metrics

Our new plan weights the local West Allis and West Milwaukee data more heavily.  Therefore, if the Milwaukee County data continues to be “Red” but is declining and our more local data hits “Orange” or “Yellow” we will announce the beginning of Phase 2 of our Return to School plan.


You will also notice we’ve added the “Percent Positive” to our Health Metrics Dashboard given that these data points have become increasingly indicative of COVID-19 progression in a community.  The new way of looking at our health metrics looks like this:


Revised Metric Thresholds to be Met Prior to Phase Changes




Phase

Metric 1

COVID Burden Status


Milwaukee County

Wisconsin DHS


Metric 2

COVID Burden Status


West Allis 

West Milwaukee


Level and Trend

Metric 3

Percent

Positive



Milwaukee County

Metric 4

Percent

Positive



West Allis 

West Milwaukee

Crisis

Care




Milwaukee County



Metric

Met?

Hospital

Capacity




Milwaukee County



Metric

Met?

Requirements for each phase, 14 Day Care Trend: Hospitals below crisis care and below capacity (Milwaukee County) HERE

Two Days Elementary Distance Learning


Above 100 but declining for two weeks


At or below 100 above 50


Above 7% but declining for two weeks


At or below 6% declining for two weeks



Yes



Yes


We discussed our new method of interpreting community health metrics related to COVID-19 with the West Allis Health Department and they indicated that they are comfortable with this approach.  We have also shared this plan with our Board of Education on October 26, 2020. You can access the complete Updated Health Metrics and Dashboard HERE

 

A Video Message from Superintendent, Dr. Marty Lexmond HERE