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Evangeline Parish starting their schools with kids walking through temperature scanner detectors

Evangeline Parish public schools will be starting their school class with kids walking through temperature scanner detectors.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 5:34 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 11:33 AM

When kids go back to school it’s going to look a lot different as school districts around the country navigate the COVID 19 pandemic while still teaching our students.

The Evangeline parish school district has added some new technology that’s going to hopefully combat the spread of the virus as students walk into the building.

At Ville Platte High, students will be jumping off the buses walking through the door and immediately walking through temperature scanners that will alert the teachers if there is a student with a fever before walking to class.

Both Micheal Lumbas, the assistant superintendent for the Evangeline Parish and Ville Platte principal Chenile Tezeno says temperature checks are going to be important but realizes it will also be time consuming if they had to do one student at a time with 400 students.

“It would be very chaotic and it would take a very long time in order to get class started,” said Chenile.

That’s why the district bought temperature Scanners that can scan 70 kids per minute.

“It addresses it immediately upon them entering the school buildings,” said Lumbas. “So it helps provide sanitation in the security that we need to make sure that all the students who are here are well and safe.”

Now each public school has three machines and was purchased for $2,900 through the Cares Act, the federal funding.

Tezeno says it’s a big way that will help make things feel a little more normal.

“I know things are really different we want to try to make our students as comfortable as possible and we want to make our teachers as comfortable as possible,” said Tezeno.

Creating a safe environment to learn during these uncertain times.

“You can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you respond to it,” said Tezeno. “So I just want them to be encouraged to come and be ready to learn and the teachers will be excited to see them.”

The start date for Evangeline parish school has yet to be announced yet.

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