By: Anthony Gendron
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much about campus life at SMCC. From the way classes are set up to the masks we must wear, the effects of the pandemic are apparent. With so many challenges to face in this pandemic, it is unsurprising that we have turned to technology for help. One way technology has been employed to combat the pandemic can be seen at the entrance to every building on campus.
SMCC has employed a QR code system for contact tracing COVID-19 cases. Using the SMCC app, students scan bar codes to enter buildings on campus. In doing so, their presence in the building is recorded so that they can be alerted if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
This technological implication across campus may seem like a clever addition, but we are reminded that technology is often only as effective as its user. These QR codes are only effective when students scan the QR codes when they enter buildings, a practice not all students follow.
Due to the gaps in students utilizing the QR technology, SMCC may shy away from this method and instead move towards personal checks of health screenings. To remain safe, students should stay up to date on what methods and technologies SMCC is utilizing, and be vigilant in their efforts to follow regulations. Click here to get the SMCC app where you can complete your health screenings.