Schools prepare for second semester | Education

The College Station school district is preparing for the second semester by continuing to follow its defined protocols, which include the use of a hospital-grade disinfectant and nebulization using Vital Oxide disinfectant.

Chuck Glenewinkel, communications director for the College Station School District, also confirmed that the district has received 2,000 portable high efficiency particulate air filtration (HEPA) systems that are being distributed to campuses this week. There would be one machine per class.

At its December 14 meeting, the College Station School Board unanimously approved the purchase of $ 613,675 of 2,000 replacement devices and 1,500 filters from Safeware Inc., using grant money. health support provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services, and ESSER II funds.

HEPA filtration machines are recommended as “an effective method of reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as the flu,” according to a note from Amy Drozd, district finance director. This means that it is something that can continue to be used even beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district purchased the Medify MA-50 machines after asking VLK architects and Salas O’Brien Mechanical Engineering to review the available devices, Drozd said at the December meeting. The review consisted of looking at the average square footage of a classroom and making sure the machine noise was not at a level that would disrupt the learning environment, she said.

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