COVID-19 Dashboard FAQ

Natomas Unified’s COVID-19 Dashboard FAQ

Natomas Unified was one of the first Districts to launch a COVID Dashboard- from the beginning, we focused on the health and safety of our community as well as open and transparent communication.  As we navigate this pandemic, we realize that we need to adjust how and what we communicate so our stakeholders have the information they need to make decisions for themselves and their families.

What is represented on the Dashboard?

  • The Dashboard represents all active cases of staff and/or students who have been on campus.
  • A case is ACTIVE from the date of testing through, and including, the 10th day of the quarantine period.  After the 10th day, the case will no longer be reflected on the Dashboard.
  • If an individual has not been on campus but has tested positive, they will not be reflected on the Dashboard.  Only individuals who have been on campus will be reflected on the Dashboard.
  • To view the Natomas Dashboard, click here.

Where does the data come from?

If the individual has tested positive through the District testing program, we will know as soon as the results are available.  If the individual tests privately, we learn of the positive test result when it is reported to the site or District office.  Although home tests are available, CDPH does not recognize them as valid; therefore, any positive result based solely on a home test will need to be confirmed by a private doctor or through the District’s testing program.

How do we communicate cases on the Dashboard?

NUSD has a robust contact tracing program.  We interview the positive person as well as students, families, teachers, and support staff. When available, we use seating charts.  When close contacts (within 6’ for 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) are identified, we call each person to inform them of the exposure, discuss quarantine options and offer testing.

  • All staff/students who have been identified as close contacts receive a personal communication.  Quarantine options and testing are discussed.
  • All families in the positive student/staff class or classes as well as any extra curricular activity who have not been identified as close contacts are notified of the potential exposure by the school site through the regular channels of communication.
  • The District is required to report every positive case, and all close contacts, to Sacramento County Public Health.

How Often is the Dashboard Updated?

The Dashboard is updated within 24 hours of completing contact tracing.  We work hard to make sure all communication has gone out prior to updating the Dashboard.