One local school district is tracking temperatures with new technology, which many thought would take off during the pandemic.
The Gananda Central School District has installed six thereto-cameras for all three schools in the district. Two of those cameras are in use at the high school.
School officials changed the settings of the camera during a demonstration this week to show what the result would look like if a student’s temperature was too high.
“This will allow us to get students out quickly and efficiently off the buses,” said Superintendent Shawn VanScoy. “Certainly, we don’t want to have 100 students walking through at one time.”
The cameras can detect the temperatures of up to 30 students at one time, and in a matter of seconds, school officials will know if their temperatures are safe or not. They will receive an email if a student is running a fever.
At that point, the student will go to an isolation room for an additional screening to determine if the student needs to get dismissed.
“Temperatures are always an issue for us,” added VanScoy. “We often have children who come to school sick. Parents aren’t always able to make a good assessment of their child, so this will be a good method to help our nurses assist those children in need of some medical support.”
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