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Scanning units in place at FCSD#25 schools

Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 11:35 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Fremont County School District #25 implemented machines to perform a fast health check on each person as they enter their buildings.

“As a student or staff member steps up to them, it reads their temperature within seconds. It posts whatever that temperature is, and alerts them to put on their masks if they don’t have their masks as they enter the building, and it alerts us if somebody’s temperature is flagged,” explained Willow Creek Elementary School principal Jeremy Hill.

The machines are at all schools on the Riverton campuses, with the amount differing at each building depending on the number of students and number of entrances. They were purchased with Cares Act funding, and the company that sells them is ’Info-Motion,’ with the unit called ’Protect 98.’

The company website said each scanning machine can operate as a stand alone unit or can be networked together with other units to keep a record of visitors and employees. The machine database can hold 30,000 images, and the company’s website said it has facial recognition built in that is 99.7% accurate and it is 95% accurate when a mask is worn.

The schools hope that the daily temperature screening will help prevent many sicknesses from entering the buildings.

“Nobody is intending to send a student to school sick, whether it’s with COVID 19, or a cold, or strep throat or any of those other types of things. So this is really going to help us monitor those other sicknesses that come into our building. I also want to just say that our families, our students, and their parents have been so super cooperative in the way that we do this. The kids have stepped up to the blue line; they stand in place like they’re supposed to and have their temperature monitored,” noted Principal Hill.

As of now, the long terms plan is to keep the scanning units in place at all the FCSD#25 schools.

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