“Although not all carriers are symptomatic, these are still somewhat reliable as an indicator the disease is present. Temperature seems to be the number one symptom, with 99 percent of all carriers running a fever. Fatigue, dry cough, loss of appetite, and body aches are also fre- quently present. For the time being, most organizations are relying on body temperature as the main indicator, and plans are being implemented to accommodate the testing of this symptom.” Roberts noted that there are benefits to monitoring

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students by using technology already tooled to work for the school environment by identifying signals that could indicate infection risk. For example, he said that it is feasible with a dismissal platform already in use at more than 500 schools to incorporate a temperature check upon dismissal, and subsequently by the school upon the student’s arrival. “Incorporated into the parent application is a brief

questionnaire and the ability to acknowledge a safe temperature reading,” explained Roberts. “Upon arriv- ing at school, the parent application becomes active (based upon GPS location) and they announce their arrival at school. The student arrival profile becomes active and the school can read the temperature again. With an acceptable reading, they can check the child into school. An unacceptable reading would require the child to return home with the parent.” Screening students at the school building is one thing, but before riding the school bus? Complicating matters is that the screening questionnaire on the app relies on the parents and children being honest. And what happens if the parents do indicate their student is healthy enough to go to school? The child makes their way to the bus stop, but once there they are flagged by a secondary check before boarding.

From Health Care to School Care Despite Roberts’ concern, AI is good at identifying hotspots. And if an application has been developed for a health care setting, it may be appropriate in another

Do you have a plan for health screening students before they are allowed on the school bus?

47% .................................................................No 40% .............................................I don’t know

13% ................................................................Yes (Out of 363 responses to a recent STN reader survey.)

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