Schools make the following notifications for all confirmed and probable cases:
Immediate notification to individuals who may have come into close contact with the infected person about possible exposure while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with state and federal law.
Notification to staff and the school community about the possible exposure and HIDOE activities to contain the spread of infection.
As of July 7, 2021, Hawaii law requires the Department of Education to include school names; date the COVID-19 positive test was reported to the school; and the date that the positively tested student, staff, or affiliated individual was last on a school campus.
The interactive dashboard below was created by the Data Governance and Analysis Branch. It displays confirmed COVID-19 case data at the Department's 257 schools and other Department offices. Case counts are visually displayed by date reported and as a cumulative running total of cases since July 1, 2021.
Data will be updated daily, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), prior to the close of business and will reflect confirmed COVID-19 cases reported the day prior. Reported cases that still require confirmation or processing will not be included in the total. For more information about the dashboard, see here.
Cases confirmed after the final weekly counts are calculated will be included in a daily update the following week; therefore, some of the confirmation dates may fall outside of the period noted above.
The Department’s case count should not be used to determine community spread or sources of an outbreak or cluster. It is informal data based on information provided to HIDOE’s COVID-19 Core Response Team by individuals, parents, campus visitors and service providers. The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) remains the lead agency on reporting official data and case counts.
Public disclosure is done in accordance with federal and state laws protecting student and staff privacy and medical information. Policy considerations are in place to protect the identity of individuals including protecting minors from being physically ostracized or psychologically harmed by being identified and minimizing disruptions at schools. Schools promptly notify affected individuals directly — staff, families and/or service providers — about positive (or in some cases potentially positive) cases as appropriate.
In some situations, cases are reported to the Department by an individual, pending documentation of the positive result. This does not stop HIDOE's response, and notification may go out to the school community out of an abundance of caution before the confirmation is received. Cases currently being investigated are not included in the count and will be reported in the following weeks when the Department receives one of three official documentation options: lab results, doctor’s note or DOH confirmation.
In some cases, cleaning was handled at the school level after determining that professional cleaning and disinfection was not warranted. This included cases where affected individuals were on campus briefly, their interactions with others occurred outside, or the impacted area(s) could be closed off for an extended period of time.