Board OKs purchase of temperature sensors

Board OKs purchase of temperature sensors
Posted on 10/21/2020
Board OKs purchase of temperature sensors

Nacogdoches ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the purchase of 20 temperature sensor kiosks during a meeting held earlier this month.

The kiosks will help streamline arrival procedures for employees and visitors entering the building each day during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The kiosks do not require a staffer for operation, compared to using handheld thermometers to scan temperatures.

The devices work by using a screen and camera to scan the face of a person. The scan includes measuring the temperature, which is then posted on the screen.

“Although temperature check is only one tool, it’s so invaluable as a preliminary measure to ensure we monitor and track the temperature of anyone entering our venues and campuses,” said Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo.

In coming months, NISD plans on opening up its campuses to visits from parents and the community when local COVID-19 infections begin to decrease.

“We continue to strengthen our long-term efforts and protocols as the district moves closer toward becoming more open and accessible to our parents and the public,” Trujillo said.

The district is using ESSER funds to pay for the machines, Trujillo said. ESSER, or Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, is money allocated earlier this year by Congress for school districts to pay for additional items needed because of the pandemic. The 20 machines purchased from Louisiana-based A&E Office Machines will cost $49,900.

“We want to continue to utilize state and federal resources, while they last, to strengthen our COVID-19 efforts with tools that can be mobilized and readily applied to enhance and support our long term safety measures and protocols,” Trujillo said.

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