My district loves saving (so much that the thermostats are set at 80 in the entire school right now), but they want to look like they are safe and following all COVID protocols. We aren't (on both parts). That is why we only report COVID infections where contract tracing can track the infection to school or a school activity. If it was "community spread" (outside of the the schools or school activities) we don't report it. They also make sure they contract trace until it meets the "community spread" criteria. I know this for a fact as our campus nurse told me as much when there was a band kid with a case of COVID two weeks ago and they claim they did full "contract tracing" but didn't talk to either of the directors who were in close contact. I found out the kid had COVID from the parent BEFORE the "cryptic" email was sent out to the kids teachers stating he had been excluded for 10-days, but not stating it was COVID. Ours is a district with a clear political dividing line. Unfortunately, the policies are decided by the side that doesn't think COVID is a big deal and went to a mask mandate kicking and screaming last year. Our district is one of the few larger districts in the area who has not attempted to instill a mask mandate this year. In fact, at the last board meeting they flat out stated they would not attempt to have a mask mandate unless ordered to by the state. Again, they say everything is fine and COVID is not affecting our kids. This is the perception they want the public to see. That is more important than money. They'll save that by cutting off the A/C as the temps hit 100.