Tennessee health department won’t track COVID-19 data at schools as they reopen

Tennessee will not gather or report COVID-19 cases at schools as the state progresses with plans to reopen in the fall, according to a report from the Daily News Journal, a Murfreesboro, Tenn., newspaper.
A spokesperson from the states health department said it will not ask schools to report COVID-19 cases or deaths amongst students and personnel due to personal privacy concerns. Rather, each district will be able to decide how to track COVID-19 cases and take actions to stem the spread.
The states department of education pointed out the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act as the reason it will not gather COVID-19 data from schools. Schools can disclose COVID-19 case information publicly if they choose to, according to the report.
Critics of the health and education departments decisions say the COVID-19 case rates by school are vital to guide decisions about public security and whether to continue in-person direction after class starts once again.

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