The students who returned to Queen Margaret’s School (QMS) in Duncan on Monday walked through an entrance that has seen a significant addition since the COVID-19 outbreak. The private school has invested in a thermal imaging system and incorporated it into its reopening safety plan. The system monitors the heat levels of anyone entering the facility. “Anything that could help us ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students, for me, was worthy of very close consideration,” explains David Robertson, QMS Head of School. “I quickly realized that this system is not absolutely foolproof, but it’s a very big step in the right direction of attaining our goal.” According to a Queen Margaret’s School press release, the school is the first educational institute in the province to use a thermal imaging system. QMS suggests that, as part of the school’s reopening plan, they will require children, staff and campus guests to access the facility by a single entry point. Every person entering campus will be scanned by the technology before being permitted to continue to classrooms. return to classrooms part-time, however, B.C. Premier John Horgan has said he understands the anxiety of parents and attending class in-person is optional.