COVID-19 Project Overview
When schools across South Africa reopened following the COVID-19 lockdown, protecting learners and educators from the virus became a top priority. Each school developed its own protocols for pre-entry screenings, but these efforts can be time intensive and put educators at risk for infection. In addition to placing a burden on staff, some screening processes take valuable time away from the learning process.
To help, the Afri.Can team created a school-entry process through a mobile facility that provides a fast, safe, and accurate COVID-19 screening experience when in-person learning is permitted. This contactless screening solution — called Good to Go — was developed with a team of engineers and experts. Good to Go aims to have all learners safely in the building, with teachers ready to begin teaching, within 30-45 minutes of the school gates opening.
How it Helps
Good to Go is thorough and comprehensive, providing learners with a dignified screening experience that is less disruptive to the school day. The mobile, stand-alone structure is placed near the school entrance, where learners complete their entry screening in less than five seconds. This is a vast improvement to other processes, which can take 10 personnel each up to one hour a day for a school of 500 learners.
When using Good to Go, learners separate into several gates where their screenings begin with several questions relating to common COVID-19 symptoms. If a student is experiencing these symptoms, they are immediately asked to report to a booth for further questions, where staff are protected behind glass.
If learners are not experiencing symptoms, they move on to the next phase of screening that includes:
- Face recognition
- Proper mask verification
- Touch-free temperature reading
- Hands-free hand and face sanitization
- Shoe sole sterilization
Throughout the entire screening experience, learners do not come in close contact with each other or any educators. During the screening, each learner is also immediately logged in as present for the day, removing the need for attendance once in the classroom.
When Good to Go is not in use, the freestanding facility folds downward for weather and security protection. The unit is shippable and includes metal detectors, making it relevant for other safety uses schools or other institutions may have.
Good to Go facilities are in place in the town of Bonnievale, supporting the Western Cape community whose educators are working to provide more consistent learning environments. The Afri.Can team’s commitment to developing a solution that increases safety and decreases disruption is bringing peace of mind to this community and will benefit others moving forward.