Chicago Public Schools* COVID-19 Case Tracker

FAQ

Q. Where do you get your data from?

A. I get my data from CPS. The webpage with their summary is here.

Q. How often does your data get updated?

A. This site automatically collects updated data from CPS every every night (including holidays and weekends) at midnight.

Q. Why are there some days with 0 cases?

A. If CPS has not made any changes to their data at that time, new case numbers for that day will be 0.

Q. Why does the district graph look strange starting in January?

A. Historical data from CPS contains weekly totals. Because of this there could be a large number of cases once per week. The data I am collecting now allows for daily numbers. The increased frequency of reporting means the bars will be shorted and closer together vs. long and spread apart.

Q. How long does it take between a case being reported to CPS and it showing up here?

A. Based on what I have seen, it has historically taken about 2 days between a case being reported to CPS, it being investigated, deciding it is "actionable," informing relevant parties, and it showing up in their daily numbers.

Q. I was told by my school that there was a case and it has not shown up here!

A. CPS should be letting potenitally exposed schools and pods know about exposures before the rest of the world. However, if you are informed of a case in your school and do not see it here within a day or so, please let me know!

Q. Why are there days where there are no cases and then a lot of cases?

A. I only update when CPS does. If it takes CPS three extra days to update their data, it might be three days worth of data. Additionally historical data was organized on a weekly basis, so case data from 2020 shows all cases once per week

Q. Why are there days where there are no cases and then a lot of cases?

A. I only update when CPS does. If it takes CPS three extra days to update their data, it might be three days worth of data.

Q. Can I report a case to you directly?

A. No! Please report directly to CPS by using their (not very easy to find) self-report form here.

Q. Why are you doing this?

A. I don't think CPS's data is organized in a very user friendly format. So I am using their data to make my own dashboard.

Q. What if I only care about my child's school?

A. Once you go to a certain schools page, you can just bookmark that page and easliy go straight there.

Q. Why don't you add [X] feature?

A. I would love to hear how you use this and what things you think would make it better or more useful! You can reach out on @CPSCovid on Twitter.

*This site and its creator are neither affiliated nor claim affiliation with the Chicago Public School District.

The data used to power this dashboard is publicly available and can be found here.

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