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Evangeline Parish public schools to use walk through temperature scanners

Posted at 9:17 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 11:41:56-04

EVANGELINE PARISH — In Evangeline Parish, new technology will help students follow safety guidelines when they return to school.

Walk through temperature scanners have been placed on all school campuses in the district.

This technology will be part of Evangeline Parish's school district daily routine.

The machine's appearance is similar to metal detector, but the device alerts you if you have a fever. Your temperature will show at the top of the machine.

"They are set to notify personnel to give a signal that the temperature of 100.4 or higher has been detected," Superintendent Darwan Lazard said.

All students and faculty members will pass and scan either their wrists, or forehead to check their temperatures. The machine scans about 70 people per minute.

"We feel like it will speed up the process and it will help us keep our students, teachers, and other school employees safe," Lazard said.

Up to three machines will be placed on each campus.

"We used federal funds that we received through the Cares Act. We purchased those from Safe Check USA. It cost approximately $2,900 total."

While the pandemic is still causing concerns for students like Trent Smith, he says the district's hybrid schedule of learning and safety guidelines is the closest thing to normal he and his peers can get.

"They trying to help us get back to school and finish our year," Smith said. "Make our year something."

Students will be starting the school year later than expected in Evangeline Parish.

The board scrapped the original start date of August 12. A new starting date will be announced in two weeks.

For details on the District's reopening plan click here.

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