October 6, 2021
As many students, teachers, and administrators return to in-person learning this fall, there are mixed feelings about health and safety. School districts have come under heat time and time again for building issues, particularly in underfunded communities. For instance, a 2020 report from the United States Government Accountability Office found that “one-third of public schools were estimated to have inadequate heat, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.” Since COVID-19 spreads most rapidly in poorly ventilated areas, there is urgency amongst school leaders to improve indoor air quality and, therefore, reduce the spread of lingering airborne viruses.
Improving ventilation not only contributes to a healthier learning environment but one where staff and teachers feel comfortable to perform their best. This starts with understanding the current state of indoor air quality. Installing air quality sensors like Awair Omni in learning areas in schools allows for ongoing data collection so necessary changes can be made more quickly. For schools, real-time readings allow changes to be made swiftly in the affected rooms. Similarly, school board members and facility managers can use the data to identify trends and target buildings that require broader intervention plans or larger scale corrective work.
Schools and communities are encouraged to make indoor air quality improvements to prevent the spread of diseases with the American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds for COVID-19. By making an investment now, your district can address immediate ventilation needs and support the school’s infrastructure for the next 20 years. With $122 billion set aside for indoor air quality improvements, there has never been a better time for public schools to submit plans. The available funds can make a big difference for facilities programs that have been neglected. More than that, the funding is flexible because indoor air quality priorities differ depending on the location. All 50 states can invest in what meets their school’s unique needs and goals.
To start monitoring the indoor air quality in your K-12 schools, contact our Sales team today. They can work to understand your specific needs and recommend a customized plan.
Meet Sarah Gudeman. She's the Director of Sustainability for Morrissey Engineering. In her review video, she talks about Awair Omni and how she uses it in her every day work for indoor air quality (IAQ) monitoring. It measures several key environmental factors, including temperature, humidity, CO2, TVOCs, PM2.5, noise, and light. It's an approachable product for anyone, not just engineers or building professionals. Check out this webpage for more information on how to use the product in your organization to keep employees healthy and safe.
Like teachers, classrooms play an incredibly important role in a student’s ability to learn and grow. If you’re a teacher getting ready for the new year, you’ve most likely invested time and money into preparing your classroom to make sure it fits the needs of you and your students to have a successful school year. Before class starts, there’s one thing we’d like to help you check: your classroom’s air.
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