Health & Safety Investments

May 23, 2020 | Marci McCord

We know that our students' and teachers' health and safety are our highest priorities in order to return to school. Thus, we have investigated the best options to ensure that our campus and classroom areas are sanitized and as virus-free as possible. We have a four-pronged approach.

1. Air purification system in all HVAC systems

We purchased 13 units, one in each room on campus. The product was installed last week by Action Air (who maintains all our HVAC units). The product is the Phenomenal Aire Series R Cold Plasma Generator. It uses bipolar ionization to clean the air whenever the fan, heating, or air-conditioning system is on (which will be all the time when people are indoors). Here is the link, with a video, for your review:  Our Schools new HVAC Air Purification Systems. 

2. Safezone 850M9 mobile UV-C decontamination unit.

This is a hospital grade mobile unit that can disinfect an entire room's surfaces in 10-15 minutes using UV-C light. Here is an informational link:  Our Schools new UV Light Decontamination Cleaning System.   This has been ordered and has a six-week delivery date. (expected end of June arrival)

3. Victory Electrostatic Backpack Spray with hospital grade disinfectant.

This product can be used both indoors and outdoors to quickly and thoroughly kill all bacteria, viruses, etc. on surfaces. This product has been ordered and is expected to arrive at the end of July. We also ordered a smaller, non-electromagnetic sprayer that uses the same disinfectant that has arrived. Here is a link to this product. Our Schools new Hospital Grade Disinfectant Spray System.

4. New hand sanitizer dispensers

New dispensers have been installed in all classrooms, the front office, and the lounge. We have used EnvironMasters service for the past several years and their service provides our school with hand sanitizers, antibacterial soap, toilet paper, and paper towels on a weekly basis.

Cost Control

When researching all the possibilities available, one of our criteria was the ongoing expense and maintenance of the product. The three that we decided on have a relatively high upfront cost, but almost no maintenance or ongoing costs (with the exception of the disinfectant which is $25/gallon).

I would like to thank the Del Mar Pines Foundation for Education for granting our request to purchase these cleaning and sanitizing products for the health and benefit of everyone in our community.

All of these purchases are just one part of our overall Roadmap to Reopening that we are still in the process of developing. We will continue to communicate our progress as we move forward.

 Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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