NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Automated temperature-taking kiosks that will scan each visitor for a fever will likely be up and running at the district’s 13 schools and its central office by the start of next week.
The kiosks look like and work similarly to metal detectors, Director of Facility Design and Construction Frank LoDolce told TAPinto New Brunswick.
As each person passes through, the machine uses infrared technology to read body temperatures.
“They’re automated temperature checking without any touch,” LoDolce said. “There’s no need to put anything in your ear, to touch your forehead or even get close. You need to be within six or eight inches and it will read your forehead or your wrist.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fever is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Temperature scans have become an increasingly common practice over the past several months at various events.
The school district was preparing for in-person instruction for its 9,950 or so students until Gov. Phil Murphy announced in mid-August that he was giving each district the freedom to decide whether they were going to use in-person or remote instruction or a hybrid model for the 2020-21 school year.
The following day, the Board of Education announced it was submitting a plan to the state Department of Education, stating its intention to utilize virtual learning for at least the first two marking periods.
School officials began to look into purchasing the kiosks back when they were gearing up for in-person instruction to start the new year.
LoDolce said the district purchased one or two of them from Florida-based SafeCheck on a trial basis.
He said one feature officials like is that the kiosk aren’t affected by warm or cold external temperatures. If someone comes into the school after being out in, say, a 100-degree day, it will not affect that person’s reading.
Security personnel have been instructed on how the procedure for when a visitor registers a high temperature.
An alarm will sound for anyone registering 100.4 or higher, and that person will be pulled aside and the nurse will be notified.
Then, according to the Department of Education standards, the student will be either placed in an isolatin room or the nurse's room, depending on the situation, LoDolce said
“It’s a way as opposed to doing manual checks that allows us, especially when we have students in large volumes, you’ll need to just say 6 feet apart as they walk in, but you can pass through at a constant pace 6 feet apart. It will read, it will digitally show the temperature, and as long as the alarm doesn’t sound, you move forward," LoDolce said.
Each kiosk costs about $2,500.
According to SafeCheck’s website, the kiosks are capable of 70 temperature checks per minute.