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Manhattan Beach Schools Create COVID-19 Dashboard

Nov 15, 2020 11:50AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Manhattan Beach Unified School District has created a "COVID-19 Dashboard" that displays the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among district students and staff who are on campus for in-person instruction.

"Our schools are committed to providing accurate and transparent information regarding COVID-19 cases on our campuses, while also maintaining privacy and confidentiality for our students and staff," said MBUSD Superintendent Mike Matthews.

The dashboard shows that out of 1,643 individuals currently on MBUSD campuses, there have been five confirmed cases of COVID-19: three students and two staff members. That amounts to 0.3 percent of individuals currently on campus.

The number of individuals on MBUSD campuses include:
Manhattan Beach Preschool, 182;
Grand View Elementary, 50;
Meadows Elementary, 17;
Pacific Elementary, 68;
Pennekamp Elementary, 56;
Robinson Elementary, 10;
Manhattan Beach Middle School, 27;
Mira Costa High School, 1,198*;
MBUSD District Office, 19;
MBUSD Maintenance and Operations, 16.

(*The Mira Costa numbers include students who have returned for athletics and band. The cohorts report to campus at different times each day, so the data does not reflect number of students and staff on campus at one time.)

All told, there have been two diagnosed cases of COVID-19 among Pennekamp students and one among Mira Costa students. There was one staff case at Pacific and one staff case at Mira Costa.

The dashboard will continue to be updated as numbers change.

So far, the cohort system appears to be successful when it comes to containing any cases or potential exposures. By having separate cohorts, if a COVID-19 case does arise, the school is able to close down that cohort. This allows all other cohorts to continue going to school or practice.

There are expected to be more students on campus shortly. With the county approval of TK-2 waivers for all Manhattan Beach elementary schools, those students are expected to come back in stages starting December 1.

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