When students return to schools in the post-COVID world, things will be different. Masks may be gone, but school safety technology is here to stay.
From temperature screening protocols, regular health surveys and more, schools need to resort to more safety measures to ensure COVID and other health safety guidelines are followed.
When a 7th grade student was infected with COVID-19 in Cleveland last year, the school community was shaken. Twelve students who came in contact with the infected child were asked to isolate themselves. In response, the entire class was exposed to distance learning.
Therefore, in the current scenario, more and more schools are preparing to fight the deadly COVID-19 virus, and school security technology is playing an important role.
Shifted schedule for reopening of schools
That Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends schools follow a staggered schedule when reopening.
The staggered schedule should focus on increased ventilation in schools for better air circulation, regular and thorough cleaning of classes and school transport vehicles, masks and disinfectants for all students and minimal sharing of books and computers.
3 ways technology can help keep schools in the COVID world
Aside from the guidelines issued by the CDC for securing schools in the current pandemic scenario, the technology can also help a lot in identifying possible COVID cases and ensuring safety measures such as social distance.
Some companies sell Bluetooth beacons to schools to tackle COVID-19. These are inexpensive devices that include an accelerometer, humidity sensor, temperature sensor and more. These Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices help track contacts and ensure social distance in crowded places like schools. Most lighthouses include proximity alarms that start ringing when two students are close to each other.
Security cameras equipped with thermal imaging
Many schools buy cameras with thermal sensors monitor the temperature of students, staff and visitorsand contains the spread of COVID on the school grounds. These cameras are also equipped with face recognition and other automated identification tools. They form an important part of school safety systems.
More and more schools are using face recognition technology combined with video analytics to track contacts. Video security systems equipped with face recognition can track the location of students or staff and identify other people who have been in contact with them. Therefore, with this technology, schools do not have to close even if there are a few COVID cases. Face recognition can also be used to trigger a lock or simply grant access. This type of AI is far more than just a COVID tool – it’s more of a situational awareness and security tool, both of which are extremely valuable in the post-COVID world.
With video security systems powered by face recognition technology, schools can decide which areas to disinfect and who to quarantine. Video security systems with video analytics can also help with:
- Ensuring compliance with face mask protocols
- Ensuring compliance with social distancing norms
Face recognition can help a lot in identifying face mask violations in real time.
A classic example of a video security system with video analysis is Briefcam. The comprehensive Short camera Video content analysis platform takes video surveillance to the next level by making videos actionable, searchable and quantifiable. The platform is equipped with Deep Learning Solutions and VIDEO SYNOPSIS to enable face recognition, fast video notification, real-time alarm and more.
ESSER Funds for School Safety Technology
Section 18003 (3) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act requires states to allocate at least 90% of the funding allocated to them in the form of subordinates to local education agencies (LEAs). These subordinates are the ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds.
That ESSER funds provided to state education agencies and school districts to assist them:
- Open safely again
- Solve the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the students
- Maintain a safe operation of schools
Schools can use the ESSER funds for:
- Any activity approved by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
- Improving coordinated responses between state, local, public, tribal and territorial public health departments to prepare for, prevent and respond to COVID-19
- Professional development and training of LEA staff on minimizing the spread of infection and sanitation
- Purchase of necessary supplies for cleaning and disinfecting LEA facilities
- Mental health support and services
- Development and trouble-free implementation of procedures and systems to streamline LEA’s response efforts and preparedness to COVID-19
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