Published June 13, 2023, 2:20 p.m. by Violet Harris
wsb-tv">wsb-tv's Michael Seiden interviews parents, teachers, and Mark Meersman about how IPC Global's Campus Health Tracker (contact-tracing) solution helps them minimize covid spread and enables them to stay open.
Key benefits of IPC Global's Campus Health Tracker to our communities
o Quickly take decisive action once a positive test case is confirmed
o Provide and partner with the Department of Health
• Easily communicate the campus health status
o Give Faculty, Staff, Students, and Parents Confidence on your plan.
00:20 Mark Meersman introduction to Campus Health Tracker
03:28 Michael Seiden discuss the "what if" positive case occur
03:48 Mark Meersman provide insights into Campus Health Tracker
04:17 Michael Seiden discusses how the Campus Health Tracker works
05:22 Charlene Dougal Discuss School Strategy around covid
06:11 Michael Seiden " Really Cool Stuff" HIPAA and FERPA Compliant
Contact us directly and Campus Health Tracker: https://www.ipc-global.com/campus-health-tracker
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And tracking it down. The new tool helping a local school stomp out COVID
cases on campus. Mark: What we're trying to do here is put out
little fires. Jorge: Now we want to show you this local
classroom, with partitions. Look at that, going back to school 2020 style. And this
school has a plan also in place to stomp out any COVID
cases. Mark: Since we know it's going to happen why not have a protocol and a supporting
system to enable that. Jorge: The school is using this health tracker
right here on your screen to find COVID when it pops up.
We're breaking down, how it's going to work to protect students and
teachers. These partitions will help protect students from COVID19 when they
head back to class at one Metro Atlanta private school.
You're looking inside a classroom at Pinecrest Academy, where a new online
tool will also help school leaders track
infections and take the appropriate steps to keep students and teachers safe.
Let's bring in channel 2's Michael Seiden live for us on this one tonight;
and Michael you had a chance to speak with a school
official who told you that their decision to start the year in person
is actually attracting new students. Haven't heard about this before.
Michael: Jorge had a great conversation with the school's assistant headmaster and she
told me since they announced the decision to bring kids and teachers back
into the classroom their phone has been ringing off the
hook from prospective students parents who
want to tour the campus and potentially enroll their kids there this fall.
Diane: She's on the countdown, even last week she said
next week I can say, that next week, we go back to school,
so she's really excited. Michael: Diane Patota is the proud parent of a Pinecrest Academy
student she says despite the pandemic she isn't concerned
about sending her daughter Kate, a rising sophomore, member of the
school cheerleading team, back to school. Diane: I'm very comfortable
sending her back to school. I feel that the COVID19 task force and the executive
team at Pinecrest has absolutely done everything possible to
keep the safety and health of our kids in mind. Michael: Students
at Pinecrest Academy a Private Catholic School in Cumming that serves grades
pre-k through 12 are scheduled to begin in-person classes
on August 6th for high schoolers and August 10th.
for other students. Charlene Dougal is the school's assistant headmaster
she also serves as the head of Pinecrest's COVID19 task force.
Charlene: For us we know what we do best is when we're in person. Michael: So Dougal in her
task force which is made up of teachers, pediatricians, infectious disease
specialists, and business owners started working on a
plan back in May, to figure out how to get their doors open again
for this upcoming school year. Charlene: We have three courses of actions that we're
looking at red, yellow, and green. Michael: Each color
indicates safety measures for different scenarios
Pinecrest Academy plans to start the year in yellow
in-person learning with safety measures like daily temperature checks and health
questions. Among the biggest challenges how to
maintain social distancing, which is currently one of the guidelines from the
state health department and CDC. Charlene: So in every classroom, you'll
either see the desks spaced apart or if we can't
space them fully apart there'll be a partition separating them
they'll be teachers or children in masks and then each teacher will have a
partition in front of their desks or in front of their teaching station.
Michael: But what if a student or teacher test positive for covid19.
What if there's a major outbreak? Will school leaders reverse course
and head back to online learning? How will they handle contact tracing?
The task force took these concerns to IPC Global
an Alpharetta based company that specializes in data
and analytics. Mark: What we're trying to do here is put out little fires. So when they
pop-up, we follow a procedure, we snuff them
out and we move on. Michael: Mark Meersman and his
team have been developing this Campus Health Tracker, which he says could be
the decisive factor between in-class instruction and online learning.
Mark: We can identify, rapidly communicate to
leadership, and then ultimately out to the folks
that are within one two degrees of separation
from a given COVID case. Michael: This is how the Campus Health Tracker works student A
isn't feeling well so he or she heads to the school clinic, where a nurse
assesses the situation. Mark: A child will be sent
from campus home. For a period of time, until they get a release.
Michael: As the student awaits results, school officials are already taking action.
Mark: We'll communicate immediately to the parents
and to the guardians. who are responsible for those children.
We'll communicate to the teachers. Michael: In this slide you can see the amount of
suspected and positive cases. School leaders are now able to use this
data when making decisions. Especially when it comes to additional safety
measures in online learning. Mark: We're able to very quickly see the
classes that were directly affected and those
that are in red we're suggesting, virtual classes.
We're able to then quickly see the activities
in which those students were involved in beyond the classroom.
Michael: As hundreds of students and faculty prepare to head back to the classroom
leaders at Pinecrest Academy say they're hoping for a smooth school year.
Charlene: We're not thinking we'll never get a case of COVID. Michael: That's why they want to
make sure they're prepared for anything. Charlene: It helps us make smart decisions. It
helps keep our kids in school. It helps show the Department of Health
that we're being responsible. We are reacting properly and we have
protocols to handle it. Jorge: Channel two's Michael Seiden joining us
live now again, and Michael, it seems like school officials there, by your story
happy about what they did they accomplished a lot. I would only
imagine that there's some parents out there who may think twice
about sending their kids back to class.
Michael: No question, Jorge about they told me about 10 percent of the student body
still has concerns. They say the task force is working
diligently, trying to come up with a plan possibly
virtual classes, but right now, they don't have a definitive plan. Now
back to that Campus Health Tracker, Really cool stuff there, I want to make
it very clear, that although you saw students names there, when it is up and
live we are told that only school officials
will be able to see that information so you
don't have to worry about names getting out there. Now we have a demonstration it
is on our website right now WSBTV.COM and
of course on our app. Jorge, Jorge: Interesting stuff.
Michael Seiden, thank you so much as always
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