April 15, 2021
During the past year, the education landscape has changed drastically to adapt to remote and hybrid learning environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the CARES Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA - for K-12 institutions) were passed, with the intention to help remove economic obstacles for universities and schools so they can “carry out student support activities,” including activities that increase student retention and graduation rates and facilitate distance learning.
The CARES Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA - for K-12 institutions) can be used to assist your institution in leveraging legislative actions to adopt Qwickly’s attendance tracking and reporting platform.
Institutions are able to use the Institutional Portion of their allocation under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to upgrade their computer systems to facilitate distance learning. An institution may use funds from the Institutional Portion of its section 18004(a)(1) allocation to purchase equipment or software, pay for online licensing fees, or pay for internet service to enable students to transition to distance learning as such costs are associated with a significant change in the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. An institution may also use Institutional Portion funds for any other costs for computer system upgrades that are reasonably related to “significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.”
Qwickly’s attendance solutions have been tailored to help meet the needs of institutions during this difficult time. Attendance has been shown to be a huge factor in student success. Qwickly Attendance Pro allows instructors and administrators to monitor class attendance, consecutive absences, and more, to help ensure that students who require support are receiving the assistance they need, improving student retention and graduation rates.
Qwickly’s Attendance Pro also allows for capturing a combination of student attendance across online and in-person options, increasing the ability to monitor, interact, and communicate effectively across remote, hybrid, and distance courses. Qwickly Attendance Pro can also be leveraged to run contract tracing reports, allowing for an effortless approach to immediately reporting students’ locations connected to their learning activities.
No matter how students attend class, whether in-person, online, or hybrid, Qwickly Attendance Pro can adapt to meet the attendance-taking requirements of these different environments. Use any number of attendance-taking modes including Online Activity Mode, which derives attendance statuses based on academic activity. Streamline the gathered data to determine how students are attending classes and organize by class, student, specific time period, customized group, and contact tracing.
For more information, check out these helpful links:
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/heerffaqsrollup-crrsaadisclaimer.pdf (p. 20)
https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/factsheetheerfii.pdf, section Uses of Institutional Portion Funds (CFDA 84.425F)