Charter School Cleans Classroom Air with UV-C
As part of its Covid-19 Prevention Program, the Public Safety Academy of San Bernardino used engineering controls, including UV-C technology to “inactivate viruses that travel through the HVAC airstream.”
Ultraviolet light, or UV-C, is a decades-old, powerful, scientifically validated technology that can neutralize airborne pathogens in less than a second.
School administrators acquired multiple germicidal disinfection systems from UV Resources.
“We needed a proven infection-control-strategy that did not generate hazardous chemicals, VOCs, ozone or other dangerous byproducts,” said Steve Filson, the academy's director of security and cadet services. “Germicidal UV-C lights continually disinfect the air in classrooms and public areas to create healthy, productive spaces for our students and staff.”
The school deployed more than 60 UV-C disinfection fixtures in the upper air/room of communal school spaces such as the classrooms, library, gym, lunch and multipurpose rooms. In addition, UV-C fixtures were installed in duct and HVAC systems that served classrooms. A typical germicidal UV-C in-duct system can disinfect a room’s total air volume multiple times each hour.
Moreover, according to public health researchers, healthier air means fewer sick days, improved attendance and better academic performance. Like many elementary and high schools, the public charter school used some of its federal pandemic recovery funds to help pay for the UV-C disinfection technology.
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