When summer 2021 ended, many organizations faced the formidable challenge of how to return to their places of work and school safely.Tuskegee University(Tuskegee) was one of them—not only wasthe safe return of students and faculty to schoola priority but since Tuskegee is in a community with no hospital, controlling exposure was essential.
At the time, Tuskegee encountered many challenges, including but not limited to a statewide shortage of testing kits, inability to handle the broadscale logistics of testing, contact tracing, and figuring out a simplified way to report on status and schedule tests.
With the help of industry partners likeMicrosoftandEnabling Technologies, Tuskegee was able to build and execute a successful strategy to allow students to return to school safely amidst COVID-19.
Public health specialist, Crystal James stepped up to address the challenge that Tuskegee faced. "We realized that to get back to face to face, we needed to have a strategy to protect the learning environment," she recalled. She expanded her responsibilities as Department Chair in the College of Veterinary Medicine to include a new position: the Special Assistant to the President for COVID-19 Response.