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cmh1118 has 15 years experience as a BSN and specializes in pediatrics/school nursing.

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Hi,

Are y’all planning to take temps at the door everyday before kids come into school? I have about 400 kids Prek-8th grade. 

Also what’s your favorite contact-less thermometer?

Thank you! 

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We are talking about it, but we are thinking bus drivers may have to do it as they are the first point of contact as all our students have the ability to be bused no matter how close or far they live. We have a district PK-12 about 9500 students

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Flare is a ASN, BSN and specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

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the BA is proposing cameras at the entrances to monitor temps.  I don't think that's the way to go, but I guess it's not my call

my concerns include:  (it's a growing list)

who is screening 

All entrances?  To get staff and students??  I count at least 5 locations at a minimum and for a wide array of times

who is documenting?

What to do with the kids that are dropped at the door?

 

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cmh1118 has 15 years experience as a BSN and specializes in pediatrics/school nursing.

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5 minutes ago, cid1 said:

We are talking about it, but we are thinking bus drivers may have to do it as they are the first point of contact as all our students have the ability to be bused no matter how close or far they live. We have a district PK-12 about 9500 students

WOW! that’s a TON of kids. Ours are all dropped off by parents. 

Just now, Flare said:

the BA is proposing cameras at the entrances to monitor temps.  I don't think that's the way to go, but I guess it's not my call

my concerns include:  (it's a growing list)

who is screening 

All entrances?  To get staff and students??  I count at least 5 locations at a minimum and for a wide array of times

who is documenting?

What to do with the kids that are dropped at the door?

 

All great and valid concerns I also worry about. WOW! cameras. That sounds pricey!

I also have my handful of parents who admittedly give their febrile kids Advil in the morning and send them on their way. Lovely. 

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Flare is a ASN, BSN and specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

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yeah  - pricey indeed.  But we "DoNT hAVE thE BudGet" for another SN🤬

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BrisketRN has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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It was in our original plan, but things change every day.  I don't really love contactless thermometers, but I have the SantaMedical-RY230 in my preschool and kindergarten rooms. I've had some teacher complains that they aren't accurate but it turned out they were using them on the wrong mode.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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3 hours ago, Flare said:

the BA is proposing cameras at the entrances to monitor temps.  I don't think that's the way to go, but I guess it's not my call

my concerns include:  (it's a growing list)

who is screening 

All entrances?  To get staff and students??  I count at least 5 locations at a minimum and for a wide array of times

who is documenting?

What to do with the kids that are dropped at the door?

 

Yeah, I can see kids appearing at the school with an elevated temp and parents having disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle. What do you do then? House a potentially COVID 19 student in the health office where many other kids (and staff) walk in and out of? Seems like you'd need some sort of monitored isolation holding room...

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Flare is a ASN, BSN and specializes in school nursing, ortho, trauma.

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they've already accepted that we'll need an isolation room.  Proposed is the current room that ISS is held in.  So then the concerns become:

Who is sitting with the isolated student / students?

If it's assigned staff (who will likely grieve having to take such a duty) and the nurse is generally left out of having to mind the isolation room, then how is a proper and ongoing assessment to be done?

If the nurse IS to be the primary isolation monitoring staff, then she/he becomes unavailable to everyone else

What happens when there's nobody in the isolation room and it suddenly becomes something else?

 

It seems that there is a misunderstanding that students are sent in sick all the time and that people can present totally fine upon arrival then spike a temp.  I expect a dramatic rise in COVID cases once schools are open

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tining has 26 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nurse.

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16 hours ago, Flare said:

All entrances?  To get staff and students??  I count at least 5 locations at a minimum and for a wide array of times

 

 

Limit entrances & delegate temp taking.  I have an excel spreadsheet to decrease paperwork for all of this documentation.

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SchoolNurse91 has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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I assume they’ll want temps taken here. I sure hope not by a nurse. 

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NutmeggeRN has 25 years experience as a BSN and specializes in kids.

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We have 3 main entrances to our building, trying to picture temps prior to entry 

-crowding as they check in

-staggered entry times and individual folks have different times

-teachers who "forget"

-maintaining confidentiality...

-oh, and being avail for kids!!

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SchoolNurse91 has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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The nurses have had to come up twice a day since school closed to check temps. They want a nurse doing it. We have 11 schools and 3 nurses. Unless they delegate temperatures, they’re gonna have to hire more nurses. Win for me 😀

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