Dear Wesley Prep Families,
I am proud to announce our school’s new partnership with Base Camp Health and their back-to-school safety platform called Ascend. Ascend is a web-based platform that will allow us to protect our students and staff from the spread of COVID-19. The Ascend platform gives our school leaders the real-time information they need to assess the risk of virus spread through our community and take proactive steps to keep infected individuals off campus and return them back in a healthy way as quickly as possible.
It is easy to use. Before school each day, staff and students will take a 30-second survey, answering questions about their symptoms and any known exposure to COVID-19. The app will combine that information with contextual data and other risk factors to tell each student or staff member whether to report to campus that day or not.
While the platform makes invisible COVID risk visible and manageable, it keeps data protected, in accordance with the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
HIPAA and FERPA require that healthcare data be protected with stringent privacy procedures, and our partnership with Base Camp Health will be 100% compliant with appropriate privacy regulations.
Ascend makes use of healthcare data of students and staff in its assessment of their risk of COVID-19 infection. But that data is visible only to the user and authorized medical personnel.
When users are kept off-site or given instruction to locate testing, the details of that information are not made available to supervisors or managers. They know only whether a user will be allowed to the site, but they are not told why.
Additionally, the platform itself makes use of the most current data protection measures available, from data encryption to secure site protocols for the physical locations of our servers to protect data from bad actors. Data security is a primary focus of Base Camp Health, and their Ascend application deploys industry-leading protection measures for our staff and student information.
Our students, staff, and their families can be assured both that users are protected from data risk and that HIPAA and FERPA provisions are fully met by this exciting new partnership.
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday or Tuesday containing a URL link to the application, your username, and instructions on how to set up your password (be sure to check your junk folder just in case it gets routed there).
Thank you for your attention!
Wesley Prep Staff