LA schools superintendent Austin Beutner announces new app that helps kids get back to school safely

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The LA schools superintendent Austin Beutner has announced the district is partnering with Microsoft on a phone app to help get kids back on campus safely.

The app is called Daily Pass, and it will allow parents to answer a virus health check questionnaire on their kids with teachers and staff also using the App.

“The Daily Pass sets the highest standard possible for school safety,” said Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner. “MERV-13 upgraded air filters in every school, COVID testing for all students and staff at least every week and now the Daily Pass – Los Angeles Unified is proud to lead the nation in creating the safest possible school environment.”

Beutner says LAUSD is the first school district in the nation to implement such a system.

Daily Pass can be accessed from any mobile phone, tablet or a computer.

“Since last June, our teams have been collaborating closely with Los Angeles Unified to support running schools remotely,” said Eran Meggido, Corporate Vice President Windows Product & Education at Microsoft. “We are pleased to be working with Los Angeles Unified to help educators, staff and students return to schools sooner and safer. We are excited for you to start using Daily Pass.

Los Angeles Unified’s school-based vaccination program uses Daily Pass to register and schedule appointments, track vaccines in stock, perform check-in and data capture at time of appointment, sort high-risk individuals, offer waitlists to low-risk individuals and dashboards to view data, among other features. All of this information is shared with the appropriate authorities.

The Daily Pass was tailored to accommodate the diverse types of people who visit a school campus on any given day and to include functions tied to COVID testing and contact tracing and vaccination. Anonymized data from Daily Pass will be used by the Los Angeles Unified’s research and health care collaborators – Stanford University, UCLA, The Johns Hopkins University, Anthem Blue Cross, Healthnet and Cedars Sinai – to provide insights for strategies to create the safest possible school environment.

To learn more about the Daily Pass, please watch this short video.

Students, families and employees can access the Daily Pass at https://dailypass.lausd.net. Students and employees should use their Los Angeles Unified logins. Family members can login using their Parent Portal accounts.