A SOLIHULL primary school has installed thermal cameras ahead of pupils returning from the coronavirus lockdown.
St Alphege Junior and Infant school, in Widney Manor Road, has elevated its plans to stop contagion in the school.
The school worked with Rugby firm Filtashield to sanitise the schools and install the cameras.
Filtashield said its cameras have a high-temperature accuracy of ± 0.5 ºc, detecting higher skin surface temperatures which may indicate the presence of a fever, one of the symptoms of coronavirus infection.
The cameras take one second to detect the elevated temperature, and can scan 30 people per second.
Headteacher Robert Morrissey said: “We want to do whatever we can to reduce risk of transmission. We have acted in accordance with government guidelines and have the required measures in place.
“The services provided by Filta add an extra level of protection and bring down risk still further. We are using their FiltaShield service and are also evaluating their Fever monitoring device ThermoGuard.”
Filtashield also sprayed an anti-bacterial coating on surfaces, in a process called ‘fogging’, which permanently bonds to them to set up a nano-molecular layer of pins which create a hostile barrier to germs, physically impaling and destroying them as they come into contact with the Zoono layer.
FiltaShield’s technicians will make regular visits to the schools every 30 days, creating a report after they swab surfaces and use a specialist ATP reader to ensure the premises are hygienically clean.
Jason Sayers, CEO of Filta Group, parent company of FiltaShield, said: “When this pandemic broke out, it was quickly clear that there was an urgent need for sanitisation and monitoring services to ensure the safety of the local community to return to some semblance of normality.
“Our goal is to make sure public environments are as safe as possible for people as lockdown measures begin to ease. FiltaShield’s services mean that surfaces are protected for up to 30 days at a time, and presence of the virus can be monitored through quick, easy, and contactless temperature testing.
“Never is public health safety more important than when it comes to our kids. We are really happy to have helped the St Alphege CE Infant and Junior schools get ready to open their doors to pupils and teachers again, and to do our part in keeping them safe and controlling the virus.”