By DAVID GRAVELY
As a part of their newly revamped website, Pulaski County Public Schools has added a COVID-19 dashboard to keep students, parents and citizens informed of COVID-19 cases within the school system.
The COVID-19 dashboard, which can be found at www.pcva.us/page/pcps-covid-dashboard, gives the most up-to-date information on positive COVID cases for each school and within the separate departments of the school system, as well as the historical data on how many cases were reported during the previous year at each location.
The total number of cases that have been reported within the school system since the start of the new school year are, as expected, higher at the middle school and high school levels.
Critzer, Dublin and Pulaski elementary schools have each reported one case since the new school year began. Critzer had four cases reported during the previous school year. Pulaski Elementary had four cases and Dublin Elementary had two cases reported. Snowville Elementary reported two cases last year, but have reported none so far this year. Riverlawn Elementary has not reported a case to this point in either school year.
Last year, Pulaski County Middle School reported 14 cases. This year, they have reported four cases to date. Pulaski County High School reported 16 cases last year. There have been seven cases to date this year.
Last year there was one case reported in the school Operations Department. There has also been one reported this year. Last year there were no cases reported at the school board office, but one case has been reported this year.
Last year there were 47 total cases reported throughout the school system. This year there have been 15 reported so far. It should be mentioned that last year most students only attended school in person for a portion of the school year, attending virtually for the remainder of the time.
The numbers for the current school year are updated each time a new case of COVID-19 is reported.