As September rolls in and North America continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, administration, teachers, staff, and students, are entering into unknown territory as they return to school. With many parents cautiously opting to send children back to school, and others choosing remote online learning, administration and staff now must reimagine the school experience by finding unique and efficient ways to manage students and their information.
Couple this with the usual issues of student reporting, class schedules, and staff reporting and management, and things could quickly become chaotic.
Some planned measures to manage this new school year include:
Nearly every jurisdiction across North America has adopted learning cohorts or learning groups as part of a multi-pronged back to school plan. The cohort model, is intended to limit the number of people each student and staff member encounters, reducing the risk of COVID-19 and allowing for quicker contact tracing by health officials. The number of members for each cohort is different based on school, board, and province.
According to the Harvard Global Health Institute, although remote learning can work for older children, in-person learning cohorts is the best option for younger students. With stable cohorts, children between 4-12 are best served in classroom due to their need for social learning and cognitive development.
Edsembli quickly responded to this need and has added a Cohort feature set to our Student Information System to help schools manage this unparalleled new school year.
The Edsembli Ecosystem helps school districts monitor compliance of Health & Safety policies and improve communication with staff and reporting by:
At the best of times, managing student schedules, course selections, and timetables can be a juggling act. Add in the coronavirus, and you could be feeling overwhelmed, especially if your Student Information System isn’t easy to configure or adaptable.
The Edsembli Student Information System supports customized schedules and up to sixteen semesters and terms at a time. This includes the Quadmester schedule, which has become a popular practice in some jurisdictions because it reduces student movement throughout the school. Plus, with class start and end times being easy to customize—schools can provide the proper social distancing measures during class transitions before and after school. Other features include:
Running a school district can already be quite challenging and complex, and with the possible risk of COVID-19, it can make things even more intimidating. But with the adoption of the Edsembli Ecosystem to assist, these problems could become less difficult, and the year more palatable.
Edsembli has been helping schools and districts across the country implement best practices for managing students, district finances and employees for over 36 years. With K-12 customers across nearly every jurisdiction in Canada, we have seen firsthand the challenges that schools, and districts are facing to manage back to school plans safely and we understand that our Edsembli Ecosystem can assist with those plans.
There are countless digital solution-focused companies out there for schools and education administrators, but what makes Edsembli different?
The benefits of the Edsembli Ecosystem are experienced by every stream in a K-12 School District including education operations, business operations, and education delivery:
Our system has been reimagined to allow all users more fluent use and ease of understanding the data and insights that can be gained across the entire ecosystem. With a completely modern landscape, users can navigate our software and complete tasks quickly and easily, allowing teachers, parents, staff, and administrators to focus on keeping students learning—and safe.