As we approach what is now our second fall season of the pandemic, millions of Americans are fully-vaccinated against the coronavirus, and we are learning more about the virus everyday. In light of these developments, many schools are beginning to ease up on their COVID restrictions and protocols.
Most students and teachers are required to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines, but at this point, many are wondering:
Do we still need temperature screening kiosks in schools?
To answer this question, let’s first dive into the facts.
The virus is adapting, and so should we
It is imperative that as the virus continues to mutate, we re-evaluate the safety measures schools have in place and adapt accordingly.
As the temperature outside continues to drop, students will be spending more time indoors and less time in the open air. All this time spent in close quarters and in facilities that may have poor ventilation will more than likely lead to another surge in COVID cases.
The best way to minimize the spread of COVID and prevent a spike as winter draws near, is to keep routine temperature screening kiosks in schools.
Temperature kiosks like SafeScreen can catch students or staff members who are running fever before they enter the classroom. When an individual with a high temperature attempts to walk through, SafeScreen will alert the school nurse or whomever has been authorized by the district to receive this information.
SafeScreen kiosks are also fully-automated and contactless, making for a much safer screening method than checking temperatures manually with a temperature gun.
Preparing for flu season
Unfortunately, COVID isn’t the only virus schools need to be worrying about right now. Fall is a precursor to a much less-beloved season: flu season.
According to the CDC, over 1 million cases of influenza and pneumonia occur each year among school-age children in the United States alone.
Given that one of the most common symptoms of the flu is fever, temperature screening kiosks can help us reduce this number of cases by quickly alerting authorities of higher temperatures. This is particularly helpful for younger students or children with disabilities who can’t communicate that they don’t feel well. Students can be diagnosed at the door and sent home before spreading germs to other children.
Kiosks like SafeScreen generate accurate temperature readings in under 2 seconds, keeping the check-in process safe and swift. After all, the last thing you want is students and faculty waiting in a giant line for hours during flu season–much less a pandemic.
Protecting against more than just viruses
In addition to reading temperatures, kiosks like SafeScreen also double as an added layer of security.
SafeScreen can be integrated with your school’s automatic doors and programmed to only allow in those individuals who meet your temperature requirements, are wearing a mask, or have the proper identification (all these features are optional and customizable).
Students and faculty can scan their ID badges or enter using facial recognition, making it incredibly easy to monitor attendance and/or manage the flow of visitors. These capabilities can automate and streamline your school morning routine year-round.
At Quality Face Wear by Bizzuka, we offer three different types of SafeScreen devices to fit a variety of needs. All of our devices can take an accurate temperature reading (within +/-0.5°F) from up to two feet away within just 1-2 seconds. They also come with optional face mask detection and offline operation, as well as a 1-year warranty and instant text/email alerts when a fever is detected.
The Express Model
The SafeScreen Express Temperature Screening Kiosk is designed with schools and businesses in mind. This model is meant for facilities that are just looking for a simple plug-and-play solution that can be up and running within minutes and left to operate on its own.
The Enterprise Model
The SafeScreen Enterprise Temperature Screening Kiosk is designed for facilities that are looking to manage multiple devices simultaneously and integrate it with their security systems.
Some of its special features include:
- Facial recognition
- NFC reader
- Entry access integration
- Single interface to manage multiple devices
The Pro Model
The SafeScreen Pro Temperature Screening Kiosk was constructed for facilities needing a non-contact screening option with allllll the bells and whistles.
In addition to the Enterprise features, the Pro model also includes:
- NFC and RFID reader
- Customizable health-screening questions
- Pre-arrival onboarding
- Administrative access control
- Timekeeping and payroll integration
- Privacy mode with hidden temperature
- Printing capabilities
- Slack notifications
- Cloud-based management
We understand that purchasing temperature screening kiosks is no small investment. With flu season right around the corner, however, we know it’s especially important to double down on safety at school. That’s why we’re offering a limited time fall sale on our models, in addition to 100% financing. Not sure which model is right for your school? Contact us today! Our friendly staff is ready and willing to help answer any questions you may have.