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Schools set to reopen with hospital grade disinfection tech
Springfield schools set to reopen with hospital grade disinfection technology
Springfield Public Schools is the first district in Oregon to implement leading disinfection technology as students and staff return for the 2021-22 school year.
Springfield, OR – As students and staff return for the 2021-22 an additional high-tech layer of protection is already at work ensuring clean learning spaces.
Springfield Public Schools (SPS) is the first district in Oregon to adopt the hospital-grade UV-C disinfection technology by biosafety company R-Zero. In addition to the layers of protection that SPS has implemented in recent months to help ensure the limited spread of infectious diseases including: enhanced filtration, increased clear air transfers, and advanced air purification systems – SPS will now use the power of UV-C to eliminate 99.9% of surface and air pathogens from classrooms and buildings.
Long after the sounds of teaching and learning conclude for the day, SPS custodial staff will add the use of the Arc, R-Zero’s touchless germicidal UV-C device to their evening routines. In a short seven minutes the system will ensure that students and teacher return the next day to clean and disinfected learning spaces.
“Springfield, has been a leader in providing safe spaces including the first district in our region to implement the iWave air purification devices,” said district Chief Operations Officer Brett Yancey. “The R-zero disinfection system is an excellent complementary tool to ensure healthy environments for our students and staff.”
SPS purchased the 35 Arc devices with federal funds designated to promote healthy schools and limit the likelihood of additional disrupted learning due to illness. The total cost of implementing this health and safety tool is $1.2 million.
Other districts nationally implementing the new technology include Clark County Schools in Clark County, NV along with multiple districts across the state of Washington.