State Officials in Missouri Keeping Track of Positive Cases among School Children

As coronavirus cases have increased in the area, officials with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are keeping track of positive cases among children who are going to  school and young adults. The department’s website (www.dese.mo.gov) contains a database that can be searched which counts positive cases by school district geography. These numbers give a snapshot of how many cases have been confirmed inside a given population of people between the ages of five and nineteen, but the confirmed cases don’t directly correspond to individual school campuses for a couple reasons. First off, not every child inside a school districts boundary goes to school there. This means any student within the Cape Girardeau 63 geographic area might be going to school at Notre Dame Regional High School or be home-schooled. This age bracket has 19-year-olds, who may not be going to school. Currently in Cape Girardeau County the district with the most COVID 19 cases is the Cape Girardeau Area School District with 88 positive cases. Meanwhile the Jackson R-2 School District with 60 confirmed cases.

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