Erie County Schools Receive New COVID Filtration Systems

The spread of COVID-19 in the classroom has been a concern for the community, especially for some parents, for some time now.

The Buffalo Public School District now has its first shipment of new air filtration units from Austin. The units are funded by a federal grant.

“Buffalo Public Schools is thrilled to be included in the Erie Poloncarz County Executive’s initiative to place an air purifier in every classroom in Erie County,” the superintendent said. of the Buffalo City School District, Dr. Tonja Williams. “Air purifiers increase ventilation and add better filtration. These particular air purifiers are high quality and have a carbon filter that will remove toxic gases like car exhaust or fumes from a car. ‘buses that can enter a building when arriving and departing.The second stage of the filter unit contains a HEPA filter, which removes up to 99% of all pollen, bacteria and viruses in the air Ultimately, these air purifiers will have a positive effect in ensuring proper air treatment of all busy classrooms and will help our children breathe clean air The safety of our entire school community is our top priority!”

Erie County says more than 10,000 units have been ordered for every public and charter K-12 classroom in the county.

County Superintendent Mark Poloncarz said everything should be in place for the start of the next school year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed incredible health and safety challenges and concerns on schools and families,” Poloncarz said. “The path of this pandemic and our response to it has changed. Equipping our schools with Austin Air Healthmate air purifiers will help create a healthier school environment for students in grades K-12. This investment is a essential part of my getting back on track program to help our children recover from the damage caused by the pandemic.”

County leaders say many schools are old and have older air filtration systems.

“Maintaining improved ventilation in public indoor spaces is a core recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regardless of the level of COVID-19 transmission a community is experiencing,” the commissioner said. to health, Dr. Gale Burstein. “Staying home when sick, getting tested when appropriate, wearing a mask as recommended, and getting vaccinated and boosted are other key parts of a comprehensive strategy to keep children and school staff healthy. and learning in school This initiative will help keep the approximately 130,000 K-12 students and school staff in Erie County healthy by reducing the spread of COVID-19 and other contagions airborne.”

Austin Air Systems claims the units will last five years without maintenance.

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