As more schools seek to bring students and staff back into their buildings, making school communities feel comfortable doing so while also complying with local and state health guidelines will be a monumental task, but not an impossible one.
The Challenges of a School Setting
School settings pose their own unique challenges in complying with health and safety guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. Many schools around the country have reopened their buildings to students and staff but have done so on a limited basis. Schools are particularly challenging to reopen safely due to the difficulty in managing occupancy density in any particular area. While some districts have considered deploying mask detection systems with audio alerting capabilities, there are concerns about how easy it would be to overload these detection systems with the number of students and staff in a monitored area, resulting in continuous voice alerts that may become disregarded by students and staff overtime. Such technology’s deployment must be only one part of a comprehensive plan for K-12 and higher education compliance with health guidelines.
What AI Security Tech Can Do
One new surveillance tool being retrofitted in multiple industries for the pandemic is artificial intelligence (AI)-based cameras that can detect face masks. Fortunately, many districts already have video surveillance systems installed within their buildings. Depending on their age and manufacturer, some cameras may be capable of hosting software that includes face-covering detection. In other industries, some of the latest (AI)-based cameras are used to measure social distancing by using software to recognize and then measure how close together people are. The goal is to use this technology to identify hot spots that can help school leaders adjust how they manage the flow of students and staff members. This technology also can play audio messages that proactively inform about current building or room occupancy levels and indicate whether they should enter or wait. If this technology were deployed within schools, it could free up school staff members from screening and counting students. Most importantly, it could work to minimize discomfort concerning compliance as schools attempt to reopen their doors.
Feeling Like Normal Again
Many schools are still delaying their reopening, while others have already committed to remote learning models for the foreseeable future. Now could be the perfect time to explore which solutions may be the best fit in developing plans for reopening, especially with many still-empty school buildings. At SSP, we want you to take comfort in the fact that your school community would be served by the industry’s best experts in school security, so why not explore your options?