M-A, Woodside high schools report first COVID-19 cases in students and staff – | Almanac Online |

The first cases of COVID-19 have been reported at Menlo-Atherton and Woodside high schools and TIDE Academy.

The week of Aug. 9 to 13, the first week of school in the Sequoia Union High School District, seven cases were reported at M-A in Atherton, six at Woodside and three at TIDE in Menlo Park, according to a newly created district data dashboard. The district assembled an internal team to develop the dashboard, said district spokeswoman Ana Maria Pulido in an email.

The district counts a case during the week in which it is confirmed by school health staff, in collaboration with the San Mateo County health department, before listing it on the dashboard, even if it’s from an earlier date. This could result in a delay of cases appearing on the dashboard.

The district entered this school year with the goal of keeping numbers as low as possible, Pulido said. She said their ability to keep the numbers down is contingent on safety measures like mask wearing and health checks, and a series of external factors in the community, such as vaccination rates.

During the school year, the dashboard will be updated weekly every Friday, according to the district.

When a positive case is reported to the school’s health team, the school along with the district office initiate a case investigation with the county health department, according to the district’s fall reopening plan.

The school’s health team works with the district office to start contact tracing, and the school informs close contacts