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QR Codes in Classrooms to Enable Early Contact Tracing

By Maryland Today Staff

As the Fall semester begins with in-person classes resuming as the norm, the University of Maryland has implemented a new classroom-based way to carry out early coronavirus contact identification.

Students are being asked to “check in” during each class by using their mobile devices to scan QR code stickers in classrooms throughout campus. The resulting seating or location records will enable the University Health Center to easily identify those who have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

Instructors are encouraged to remind students to scan the QR code located on chairs, tables or specific classroom zones at the beginning of each in-person class period. Students can choose their seats according to their learning preferences and needs, but are asked to the extent possible to sit in the same seat or location and remain diligent about who they have close contact with during group activities.

The system was developed and deployed by staff from the divisions of Information Technology, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs as well as Facilities Management.

For questions and more information about how to use the QR codes, visit the IT Service Desk’s web page on this topic.

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