Provide students and staff with pathogen protection
and improved air quality.
Three pools of funding are available to help elementary and secondary schools upgrade air purification and ventilation systems and bring students back to school safely: CARES, CRRSA & ARP
With students attending school in classrooms, it is necessary to have plans and policies to help prevent viral outbreaks and potential class closures. Students and teachers are often in close quarters and face growing classroom sizes, while living quarters on campus are similarly cramped. During outbreaks, not only are students, teachers and staff at risk, but so are the friends and family they see afterschool. Remote learning is not a sustainable solution for pathogen protection in schools. An air purification technology that can kill viruses in the air and on surfaces can help reduce the risk of transmission.
In addition to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, schools should consider the longer term risk of other pathogens that can lurk in the air and on surfaces, putting students at risk:
General air quality is adversely affected by the science and vocational training that results in chemicals and other emissions, and the increased use of cleaning agents during the pandemic.