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How Strake Jesuit Kept Students Safe During the 20′-21′ School Year

Overview

Strake Jesuit is a college-preparatory high school for boys. With over 1,200 students, it is the largest Catholic high school in Houston. Coming into Fall 2020, school administrators needed a scalable infectious disease management platform to help them prevent outbreaks and reduce transmission. They chose ReturnSafe to keep their community safe during the 2020-2021 academic year. As schools all over the country plan to reopen in Fall 2021, find out how they utilized our automated solution to stay open safely.

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INSTITUTION

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory

INDUSTRY

K-12, Education

Challenge

Contact tracing on campus was critical

Administrators are faced with many different safety requirements from the city, county, state, and federal government. Managing screening and contact tracing data via spreadsheets is not a scalable option for schools.

Typically, Strake Jesuit has over 1,300 students and about 200 faculty and staff on campus. Tracking the movements of this community throughout the school day was crucial to stop outbreaks. “Without an automated solution this would be quite challenging for our staff,” said John Fahy, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs.

Strake’s students, faculty, and staff were eager to get back to campus as soon as possible. “We know that our on-campus experience is what makes us such an attractive choice for our students and families, which is what created this urgency around finding a technological solution for the current situation. Our community wanted to get back on campus,” said Fahy. “We wanted to reopen carefully, with the most innovative tools available to us.”

Solution

Infection exposure tracking to help administrators prevent outbreaks

“We feel a personal commitment to making our school safer so that we can return to our campus and ReturnSafe helped us open sooner and more safely for our students,” said John Fahy, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.

John and his team created a COVID-19 committee, which consisted of faculty, staff, and parents. When they arrived at the concept of automated contact tracing they looped in their IT team as well. Strake uses Bluetooth tags integrated with ReturnSafe’s platform to keep track of exposures and help administrators prevent outbreaks. They utilize our digital screening and contact tracing tools to keep students and staff safe.

Results

Smooth onboarding process with ReturnSafe

Previously, Strake Jesuit was manually screening and contact tracing the staff already on campus. They knew this was not scalable for their full student population. By choosing ReturnSafe, they are able to maintain high safety standards with everyone on campus.

“Our onboarding process was so smooth with ReturnSafe. Our questions have always been answered quickly and the team has been more than happy to jump on calls with us to support us throughout the onboarding experience and through the rollout,” said John Fahy, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs. The ReturnSafe team knows that these are challenging times for customers, no matter the industry.

As educators and community leaders, the team at Strake Jesuit are committed to making their school safe. The students, faculty, and staff were all motivated by the desire to return to in-person classes and activities once again. With ReturnSafe’s infectious disease management platform, Strake was able to do just that.

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“We feel a personal commitment to making our school safer so that we can return to our campus and ReturnSafe helped us open sooner and more safely for our students.”

John Fahy
Assistant Principal for Student Affairs | Strake Jesuit

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