South Central Public Health is responsible for determing our category placement. They use a number of factors to come up with the overall determination.
They look at:
Overall Positivity Rate
Average New Cases/10K
Access to PPE
Other Epidemiological factors
Categories are reviewed and refreshed every 2 weeks.
Category placement then becomes a factor in the overall decision making for the Board for how education is delivered. The authority for educational issues rests with the elected trustees. With consultation from public health, the Board strives to make decisions that 1- protect students and staff and 2-allows for as much in-person instruction as is possible.