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There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the coronavirus pandemic will reshape our education systems. It has already altered how students around the world learn and share knowledge with their peers in just a matter of months. Those changes can give insight into how education will progress in the long run, for better or worse.

How COVID-19 is Changing Education in the U.S.

In the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of many public and private schools.

According to an article published by Forbes, by forcing the world towards a remote and online education system, the coronavirus pandemic will help to create more in-depth discussions and better learning opportunities. However, COVID-19 has also created new challenges for schools. Classes and semesters are postponed as teachers and staff acclimate to the new online platforms and attempt to adapt their content to a new type of learning.

Despite these challenges, the change in education resulting from coronavirus means more opportunities are emerging and becoming available to students. Online and distance education is being emphasized as students currently transitioning from physical to online classes are finding online learning works well for them.

This transition offers an opportunity for many students to try out remote learning, which can increase the probability that they will participate in online classes in the future. An educational body that realizes this and is looking to ensure a secure and flexible distance learning environment for its students is the Rosedale Union School District.

The Challenge That Rosedale Union School District Faced in Continuing to Provide Quality Education to Student in Middle of the Pandemic
A school district in Bakersfield, California, the Rosedale Union School District looks to educate all students in the district to make them career and college ready. Nine schools recognized by the California Department of Education as Distinguished, Gold Ribbon, and National Blue Ribbon operate under the school district.

A key objective of the Rosedale Union School District is providing a child-centered learning environment with high expectations for student achievement and parent involvement through common goals. Relevant and practical guidance is given to students, which improves self-worth and self-discipline through critical and creative thinking as well as the acquisition of curricular and technical skills. The Rosedale Union School District looks to achieve this through the use of technology.

To deliver the 21st-century learning methods to students that allow it to achieve its mission and goals, the Rosedale Union School District wanted a solution that would make it easy and secure to manage the computers on its network. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the nine schools under the Rosedale Union School District to move to a distance learning environment to conduct classes and provide educational material. However, the Rosedale Union School District saw this as an opportunity to try modern learning methods rather than a challenge the district could do without. However, the school district was aware of the potential threats of conducting learning in an online environment.

“The Rosedale Union School District Information Technology Systems Department is aimed at providing the ability to use 21st-century learning methods. We needed a comprehensive and cost-effective solution that allowed us to manage all computers on our network and protect our end-users,” said Britton Smith, Director of Information Technology at the Rosedale Union School District. As such, the district’s IT department was approached to find a solution that provided the flexibility and security needed to conduct and managing online or distant learning for its students. The IT department then started searching for ways to consolidate its security and IT management. And this is when they came across Comodo.

How Comodo Is Helping the Rosedale Union School District to Make Its Distance Learning Secure and Flexible
The Rosedale Union School District evaluated Palo Alto Traps and ESET but decided to work with Comodo because of all the tools wrapped into a single package. The Rosedale School Union District chose Comodo’s Dragon Platform with Advanced Endpoint Protection (AEP), which is a patent-pending auto containment technology with active breach protection that neutralizes ransomware, malware, and cyber-attacks.

Comodo’s AEP also utilizes a Default Deny Platform to provide complete protection against zero-day threats while having no impact on end-user experience or workflows. Additionally, Comodo’s Valkyrie analyzes and gives a trusted verdict for 100% of files on a network. Lastly, Comodo’s platform shares intelligence and is, therefore, more secure than disparate products that claim the best of the breed but don’t share information. Comodo has architected its Cybersecurity product to maximize intelligent sharing between every component of the platform, therefore providing superior security, which is a sentiment shared by the team at Rosedale School District.

“I love the ability to contain any threat that pops up on a computer and the ability to be alerted via email of possible infections. This allows us to be proactive in containing threats, which give us better protection. Besides, now that we work in a distance learning environment due to COVID-19, this solution has lent us a lot of flexibility. Our ability to support our staff and teachers quickly and effectively at a distance has improved significantly,” remarked Smith.

Final Word
Comodo allows Rosedale School Union District and the like to continue providing quality education to students when social distancing protocols have limited in-person learning. According to Alan Knepfer, President and Chief Revenue Office at Comodo, “Educational institutions have done a tremendous job ensuring learning continuity during remote instruction. We’re happy to partner with this school district to help them maintain their standards for excellent curriculum and instruction.”

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