Carthage weighs in on Missouri COVID-19 dashboard for schools

CARTHAGE, Mo. – This school year is unlike any other and both students and parents are still learning to adapt.

“The mask is irritating, but you know, gotta do what you gotta do. I see that he [son] wears his and he’s always worried where it’s at,” observed Karen Barbosa, one Carthage mom.

Masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer are all things the Carthage School District is promoting.

With over 300 students quarantined since the start of the year, officials are trying to minimize the impact on education.

“Overall, our numbers are pretty good. We haven’t had any major cases lately because one positive test can take out 30-40 kids,” said Mark Baker, Carthage Schools Superintendent.

The State of Missouri is tracking positive cases among all school-aged residents, ages five through 19, including students not enrolled in a public school. Cases are geocoded to each school district’s geographic area. The goal is to provide an overview for educators evaluating factors that may influence the success of in-person, hybrid and distance learning models.

“Recently the State of Missouri asked us to provide our information, our data, I think mainly to try to determine when we quarantine kids, is it really helping stop the spread? Right now, quarantine kids are affecting education. I think we’re trying to prove that when you take a kid out for 14 days, that’s gonna affect education, that’s gonna affect the mental health of our kids too,” said Baker.

As difficult as it may be, everyone is trying to do their part to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

“We live life the best way we can,” said Barbosa.

View data sets for our area here.