A SPECIAL school in Oxfordshire is using thermal imaging to trace coronavirus.

New cameras at Chilworth House and Chilworth House Upper school in Wheatley use cutting-edge technology to check the temperatures of pupils, staff and visitors as they enter the schools.

As a high temperature is a sign of Covid-19, the cameras will help improve safety at the schools.

Anyone displaying a high temperature will be asked not to enter.

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The schools, part of the Witherslack Group, have remained open during lockdown.

Headteacher at the upper school, Tracy McEwan, said: “The installation of the thermal imaging camera has been one of many measures we have implemented to support the wellbeing of pupils and staff.

“The cameras provide immediate feedback and help us to keep our school community safe, and the pupils have enjoyed seeing their thermal pictures and discussing how it works.”

Phil Jones, chief executive officer of Witherslack Group, added: “The safety and wellbeing of our pupils and staff are of paramount importance to us.

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“The recent installation of thermal imaging cameras to detect any person arriving at a Witherslack Group school with a fever represents a further example of our commitment to providing learning environments that are not only innovative and productive, but above all are safe places to work and learn.

“Our decision to introduce this new technology has provided great comfort to staff, young people, parents and carers alike.”

Julie Taylor, director of education, said the thermal imaging cameras have been well received by parents and carers.

Witherslack Group schools provide specialist education and care for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.