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Hundreds of K-12 students, staff quarantining in southern Wisconsin


MADISON, Wis. — More than 300 schools in Wisconsin have two or more cases of COVID-19, according to the latest active outbreak investigation data provided by the Department of Health Services.

In southern Wisconsin, hundreds of staff and students are in quarantine after testing positive or coming into close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, according to a review of district COVID-19 dashboards.

With most schools about two weeks into the 2021-2022 school year, active COVID-19 cases and quarantines are increasing. In Dane County, three school districts–MMSD, Stoughton, and Sun Prairie–currently have at least 50 or more staff and students quarantining after testing positive or being in close contact with a positive case (See below).

MMSD spokesperson Tim LeMonds said that while the district has 151 in quarantine after 45 active cases, infections seem to be picked up in the community, not in schools.

“Currently there is no evidence of transmission in our school buildings, and largely what you see in our schools is a representation of what is happening out in our community,” he noted in an email.

Check below to see if your school district is providing weekly data about COVID-19 cases and quarantines (we will update this list with additional schools as available*).

Columbia County School Districts

Cambria-Friesland COVID Dashboard: 43 students, staff in quarantine (Updated Sep. 13)

Columbus COVID Dashboard: 42 students, staff in quarantine (For week ending Sep. 10)

Dane County School Districts

DeForest COVID Dashboard: 36 current student quarantines, 1 staff quarantine (Updated Sep. 9)

Madison Metropolitan COVID Dashboard: 45 active cases, 106 close contacts currently in quarantine (Updated Sep. 13)

McFarland COVID Dashboard: 1 active case (0 in most recent school week; updated Sep. 10)

Middleton-Cross Plains COVID Dashboard: 8 active cases

Monona Grove COVID Dashboard: 13 students, 0 staff currently in quarantine (Updated Sep. 10)

Mt Horeb COVID Dashboard: 10 students and staff in quarantine (updated Sep. 9)

Oregon COVID Dashboard: 17 active staff and student cases (updated Mondays)

Stoughton COVID Dashboard: 46 students, 8 staff in quarantine (Updated Sep. 10)

Sun Prairie COVID Dashboard: 18 positive cases, 94 students and 2 close contact staff members were in quarantine (Updated Sep. 9)

Waunakee COVID Dashboard: 16 students, 1 staff in quarantine (Updated Sep. 13)

Grant County School Districts

Boscobel COVID Dashboard: 69 staff and students in quarantine (Updated Sep. 13)

Platteville COVID Dashboard: 8 active cases

Riverdale COVID Dashboard: 10 active cases (Updated Sep. 10)

Green County School Districts

Brodhead COVID Dashboard: 20 students and staff in quarantine (Updated Sep. 10)

Monroe COVID Dashboard: 17 positive, 86 close contacts in quarantine (Updated Sep. 13)

Iowa County School Districts

Mineral Point COVID Dashboard: 9 cases in last seven days (Updated for week ending Sep. 10)

Rock County School Districts

Beloit COVID Dashboard: 18 active cases

Evansville Community School District: 4 active student cases (Updated Sep. 13)

Janesville COVID Dashboard: 25 students and 3 staff in quarantine (Updated Sep. 8)

Sauk County School Districts

River Valley COVID Dashboard: 6 active cases (Updated Sep. 13)

*Not all schools are providing COVID-19 case dashboards on their websites during this school year. Some districts provided a dashboard last year but do not have a current dashboard for the 2021-2022 school year.

Additionally, some districts are providing the total number of quarantines broken down by active cases and close contacts; others simply update positive case totals but do not list a total number of quarantines.