Thermal Imaging Devices to Perform Temperature Checks in School Buildings
Thermal Imaging devices will take the temperature of everyone who enters any of the school buildings in the Poland Local School District.
The district purchased ten devices, two will be at Union Elementary, two will be at McKinley Elementary, two will be at Poland Middle School, and four will be at Poland Seminary High School. Each device can scan 2,400 individuals in an hour.
Anyone who enters the building will walk up to the device for a temperature check. An individual’s temperature appears on the screen with a “green light” indicating he or she is good to go. The device also recognizes if someone isn’t wearing a mask. If a person does have a temperature of 100 or above, a red warning will appear with the message “Stop, do not enter.”
“Each building will have an area where students specific to a high temperature will go upon the reading. It will be an area where PPE is worn.” said David Janofa, Superintendent, Poland Local Schools. “They will immediately go there, following CDC guidelines to retest them.”
The devices are mobile and can be moved around to where needed, including athletic events.
The devices also have facial recognition capabilities, which can be used for visitor entry into school buildings. Each device cost $2100, money from the CARES Act covered the cost of the purchase.
Poland Local School District employee getting her temperature checked by a thermal imaging device the district purchased.
Stadium Closed for Track and Turf Replacement
Poland, Ohio- The Poland Schools Stadium will be closed until further notice starting June 1, 2020. The stadium has been previously closed, this is a continuation of the closure. The track and turf at the stadium are being replaced in preparation for the start of the fall athletic season. All other outdoor athletic facilities on school grounds will open on June 1, 2020, including tennis courts and baseball/softball Fields. We ask all community members who use any of those facilities to visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov and follow the Responsible Restart Ohio guidelines that are mandated by Governor DeWine. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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Poland Student and Guest Speaker Team Up to Deliver a Powerful Message to Students
(Right) Aiden Thompson, eighth grade students at PMS, (Center) Chaz Kellum, guest speaker, and (Left) Mike Masucci, Principal at Poland Union
“I live life to the fullest, I want to live, laugh, love and leave a legacy, and I leave my legacy by living life to my fullest each and every day,” said Chaz Kellem.
Chaz was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a bone disease. He uses a wheelchair to get around, but hasn’t let a wheelchair stop him in anyway. He worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 10 years, also worked in the non-profit industry, and currently works at the University of Pittsburgh in the area of volunteerism and service.
“I’m here to engage in conversation with the students to encourage them, to inspire them, motivate them to overcome any fear that they might have, any hesitations they might have, and just hoping to use my words to really help them understand disability and helping them understand their true talents and what they can do for a community,” said Chaz Kellem.
Chaz spoke to K-2 students at Poland Union. He asked students questions and shared some of his interests with students. Chaz loves basketball, and shot some hoops for students. Poland Middle School student and basketball player, Aiden Thomposon, helped with the rebounds. Aiden also shot some hoops. Together, Chaz and Aiden showed students what makes them unique. Aiden was born without a leg. He too hasn’t let his disability stop him from doing what he loves.
“I have been through a lot of pain with sports. It doesn’t really stop me, I love doing what I’m doing and just keep going,” said Thompson.
Chaz and Aiden reminded students to be kind to one another and to never give up.