Ventilation is a key tool for educators as students return to in-person settings. In addition to distancing and wearing masks, proper filter management and air changes are key to maintaining a safe environment.
Schools utilizing funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act have flexibility in their application. Enhanced maintenance or cleaning of HVAC equipment, medical grade filters and bi-needlepoint ionization are all viable strategies.
As outlined by Bricker & Eckler here:
The CARES Act enumerates a broad range of purposes for which local educational agencies may spend these monies, including the provision of special education services, activities addressing the needs of homeless students, educational technology, summer and after school learning programs, mental health services and supports, basic health and sanitation measures, and such “other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation of and continuity of services in local educational agencies and continuing to employ existing staff of the local educational agency.”
For more information on the best next steps for your facility, contact me to schedule a time to discuss.