The back-to-school season is here. Parents and students from K-12 and beyond stock up on new school supplies, clothes, and everything for their college dorms. While students have their backpacks in one hand and a notebook in the other on the cover of advertisements, gloomier news headlines flash through on how to keep students safe this Fall.
Regardless of how faculty and staff, and parents and students, view the return to the classroom, one thing is for certain – schools need to keep their students, faculty and staff safe and healthy. When Covid-19 hit, many colleges moved to online classes to continue their programs and curriculums while other colleges employed a hybrid format.
Online and hybrid courses, however, were not optimal at Davidson College. 95 percent of its students study and live on campus and the College believes that students learn best when they are brought together to study and collaborate. As a result, the IT team was given less than 10 days to create and deploy a system the school could use to test and track every student and staff member once a week and ensure everyone follows the testing process and is in compliance.
Since implementing the testing and tracking system using the SnapLogic platform, Davidson College has successfully kept its campus open and resumed classes for all students from Summer 2020 to Spring 2021. All test data is automated to their Covid-19 dashboard to inform its students, faculty and staff in real-time.
With a new school year starting soon, schools and colleges alike need to be ready, welcoming new and returning students with proper safety measures in place, and keeping everyone safe and healthy.