Keeping Schools Safe as They Re-open in Texas

Back-to-school season is in full effect. And while many parents are opting for virtual classes for their children, other school districts are employing a hybrid model. One of those states is Texas. In a hybrid learning model, students spend some of their time from home on remote classes, as well as onsite learning in smaller class sizes.

The intention is to limit the spread of COVID-19 while also giving students the opportunity to ask questions to their teacher and socialize with others. However, schools must remain safe in order to curb fears and a potential outbreak. Here are some of the ways that schools are maintaining COVID-19 protocols and keeping schools safe as they reopen in Texas.

Thermal Imaging Cameras

One way that Texas schools can keep their schools safe is through thermal imaging cameras. Installed at the school entrance, these cameras take the body temperature of students, teachers, and visitors through harmless infrared lighting. Not only do thermal imaging cameras show elevated body temperature, but they also provide a no-contact way of testing potentially infected students. By implementing this technology with social distancing, the risk of the spread of COVID-19 is mitigated substantially.

An added bonus of thermal imaging cameras is that they can remain installed well into the future. This will not only alert school officials about potential infections or help them notify parents. The cameras will also help identify sickly students in the event of influenza or other bugs/diseases that may spread in a school environment.

Communication and Education

Although studies show that younger children are at a lower risk of COVID-19 infection, communication and education about the disease are essential. Therefore, teachers and school administrators must teach students about COVID-19, its effects, and how to limit its spread. In Texas, this includes communication about social distancing, mask-wearing, and appropriate hygiene. By reinforcing these ideas, administrators hope to keep students safe.

Masks and PPE

According to the Texas Education Agency, all students and teachers will be required to wear masks for the foreseeable future. Cloth, N95, and surgical masks are all viable options for students. Each of these materials traps particles from entering the mouth or nostril and also reduces exposure of others to saliva and respiratory secretions from talking, coughing, or sneezing.

Personal protective equipment, or PPE, is also essential to stop the spread of COVID-19. PPE includes face shields, gloves, and eyewear that can prevent COVID-19 transmission. While PPE hasn’t been mandated by the Texas Education Agency, some school districts are encouraging it as a way to reduce fear among children and parents.

Cleaning and Hand Sanitizer

As a final layer of protection against COVID-19, Texas schools have stringent requirements regarding cleaning and the availability of hand sanitizer. Every surface that’s used by students (classrooms, cafeteria, computers) will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each school day. In addition, students and teachers will have constant access to hand sanitizer to further stop the spread of germs.

The hybrid learning system in Texas schools isn’t without hassle. But with thermal imaging technology and other protocols in place, students can remain safe in the face of a global pandemic.

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