How the CARES Act and CRRSAA Can Help Institutions Up Their Attendance Tracking and Reporting Game in the Wake of COVID-19

How the CARES Act and CRRSAA Can Help Institutions Up Their Attendance Tracking and Reporting Game in the Wake of COVID-19

April 15, 2021


During the past year, the education landscape has changed drastically to adapt to remote and hybrid learning environments in the wake of 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 of removing 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. 

Funds from the CARES Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA - for K-12 institutions) can be used to assist your institution 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 when 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 of 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 and help insitutions collect data to effectively carry out student support activities. 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 Attendance Pro also enables institutions to capture student attendance data with a combination of online and in-person options, increasing the ability to monitor, interact, and communicate effectively in remote, hybrid, and distance courses. Qwickly Attendance Pro can also be used 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.

Qwickly Attendance Classic and Plus clients interested in upgrading to Qwickly Attendance Pro should contact their Qwickly Sales Representative to start a pilot. Not a Qwickly client, but want to learn how you can up your attendance tracking and reporting game in the wake of COVID-19 with Qwickly Attendance Pro? Request a demo today!

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)