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With COVID-19 regulations set to lift , can technology keep our students safe?

Covid regulations that have seen hundreds of thousands of students miss out on learning due to self-isolation are being axed in England.

According to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, the system of sending “bubbles” home after a positive case would cease at the end of the summer term.

The changes were announced as the latest official statistics for England show the number of pupils out and self-isolating due to Covid reached a record high of 641,000. And, with Sajid Javid warning that cases will reach up to 100,000 a day – fears are rising that this might spark a third wave of the virus.

For schools and colleges to successfully and safely navigate the lifting of restrictions, smart use of technology will be essential.

Ann Maya, General Manager at Boomi, commented:

“While it’s great to see restrictions being lifted, these relaxations will mean many more students passing through school gates. This will put the onus on education providers to provide quick speedy solutions.”

“Creating fast, automated technological processes will be essential to returning to a semblance of normality. However, traditional technologies aren’t cut out to handle these variables. The time required to manually code applications to create staggered schedules, monitor attendances and vaccine status poses a serious challenge for understaffed IT teams.”

“One technology that could clear a path towards a post-COVID future is low-code. Low code is a software development approach that requires little to no coding in order to build applications. These platforms are agile, scalable, and able to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment. This makes it easier for school IT departments to quickly get back to ‘business as usual’ and create a world-class end-to-end digital experience for students.”

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