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January, 2021

How COVID-19 risk rating app is helping schools reopen safely

How COVID-19 risk rating app is helping schools reopen safely

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The return to school for in-person teaching and learning is an important and welcome news for parents, schools and children. However, with the pandemic still raging on, it is necessary for all stakeholders to take adequate measures to ensure the safety of students.

SmartSapp is spearheading the campaign to promote security and child safety with the introduction of innovative software solutions that will help curtail the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Notable among these innovations are the COVID-19 risk rating, social distancing and contact tracing features.

COVID-19 Risk Rating

The COVID-19 risk rating tool is designed to assess the potential risk and probability of a student having COVID-19 based on the answers to a survey in the app. The app then employs an algorithm to determine if the student has an inherent potential risk of Covid-19. Students with high potential of exposure to COVID-19 are advised to stay home while those with low risk are given the go-ahead to be dropped off in school..

How It Works

The feature is incorporated into SmartSapp’s child security application that is used by parents to drop off and pick up their children from school daily. Parents receive notifications through SmartSapp to self screen their children or family using the COVID-19 risk rating feature. At the end of each survey, parents receive a green pass which indicates their children are safe to go to school or a yellow pass which means their children may be at risk of COVID-19 hence should take further steps to confirm or otherwise. Schools can ensure safety by admitting only students with green passes during drop-off.

Contact Tracing

Health experts tout contact tracing as an effective method of combating the spread of COVID-19. The goal is to stop transmission of the virus by reducing the number of people who are circulating with the virus.

SmartSapp takes the headache and guesswork out of contact tracing with the availability of rich data gathered during drop-off and pick-up. Using SmartSapp, schools can effectively track and keep records of all parents and delegates who drop off or pick up students. In an unfortunate situation where a parent or delegate tests positive for covid-19, it's easier to start contact tracing with all the data available.

Social Distancing

SmartSapp allows schools to easily enforce social distancing through the “On my way” feature during pickup and drop off of students. SmartSapp’s “On my way” feature allows parents to alert their ward’s school to prepare their children for pick-up. This eliminates long queues and crowds that are avenues for the spread of COVID-19.

Are you ready to make your school safe for students and teachers during this pandemic? Contact SmartSapp today to learn how we are helping schools operate safely in these times.