The cold weather months are here, which means more time indoors, and endemic winter illnesses like seasonal influenza are spreading. That’s especially true in schools, where children are highly prone to spread viral infections to each other and their teachers. Improving the air quality of classrooms can help with preventing viruses in K-12 schools and keep everyone healthy this winter.

Create a Healthy Indoor Environment

Disease transmission has a lot to do with behavior. Many times simple behavioral modifications can stop the spread of viruses. 

Schools should encourage students as well as staff to stay home when sick. The body needs rest to recover, but it’s also essential to protect healthy individuals by eliminating their exposure to sick ones. 

Education should include reminding teachers and students to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing and sneezing. A learned behavior needs to be explained repeatedly to become a default reaction. Lessons in class, posters, and verbal reminders throughout the school can help support this habit. 

K-12 schools also need to teach students the importance of hand washing. This is another life skill that requires instruction, practice, and reinforcement. Make sure restrooms are always well-stocked with soap and have functioning faucets that distribute warm water. Schools might want to use air dryers to save money and prevent waste. But studies show that air hand dryers can spread disease, so paper towels are safest.

Teachers and maintenance staff should regularly disinfect high-traffic areas like door handles, desks, light switches, and dry-erase markers. And good air circulation is also necessary to prevent airborne pathogens from spreading. 

Funding for Safe Air in Schools

Purchasing an air purification system may seem inaccessible for schools on a tight budget. Fortunately, the US Federal government recognizes the importance of clean air for students and staff and has funding available to bring air purification systems into schools. These covid relief dollars, available through state applications, can be used to improve schools’ ventilation systems. The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, or GEER, is also available in some areas.  

Yes, Bluezone Kills That Virus!

Viruses such as Coronavirus, influenza, Coxsackievirus (the virus that causes Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease), RSV, and strep, are viruses that show up repeatedly in schools and transmitted through the air. And now there is fear of a “tripledemic” occurring this winter. Good air circulation can combat these threats and help keep students and staff safe. 

Bluezone by Middleby Model 450 is scientifically proven to kill germs with the sanitizing power of UV-C germicidal light. By destroying the virus’s RNA, Bluezone eliminates the ability of the virus to replicate, killing up to 99.9995 percent of airborne viruses, including covid and the flu. Certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Class II medical device, the Bluezone air purification system UV-C lamps are locked inside the unit. Keeping everyone in the school safe on multiple levels. 

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