Keeping Schools Open During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has put schools and universities all across the US in an extraordinarily challenging position. For schools that are currently open, or planning to reopen, the need to create a six-foot radius, and requiring students to wear masks, and frequently wash their hands is a challenge to say the least. Virtual learning, the alternative, can negatively impact a child’s quality of an education, safety and social life. That’s why in-person learning is critical as it provides a supportive learning environment for all. Schools also must consider the risk they are taking on behalf of the families, their teachers and faculty, and the community at large. Even when schools plan and prepare, coronavirus cases may still occur.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that schools consider 2 key factors when planning for reopening or staying open: current infection rates in their community and how well their mitigation strategies will prevent the spread. This is where PURO™ UV Disinfection Lighting, powered by Violet Defense® technology comes in. PURO Lighting is dedicated to helping communities reopen and keep schools open to support safe learning for students of all ages. Using PURO UV Disinfection Lighting, in combination with other safety measures, will make parents and educators feel safer as schools continue operating during, and even after, COVID-19.
Schools need to be able to provide safe and healthy spaces to successfully remain open. PURO Lighting products are quick, affordable, incredibly flexible, and kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses* by destroying their ability to reproduce. We understand it can be challenging to quell the fears of community members and successfully communicate the safety measures in place. That’s why PURO Lighting is also available to work with our school and university customers to help communicate how the technology works to make community members feel safer sending their children back to school.
It is widely understood that COVID-19 spreads more through aerosols than on surfaces. A custodial routine that only cleans surfaces is not enough. PURO Lighting uses broad-spectrum light, including germicidal UV-C, UV-B and bactericidal UV-A to optimize their efficiency on both surfaces and airborne particles. PURO Lighting products can provide a level of disinfection in the air that will help prevent the spread of airborne diseases and pathogens.
PURO Lighting has four different disinfectant lighting products suited for any schools setting. Helo fixtures can be mounted on a wall or built right into a ceiling for programmable and automatic disinfection. Sentry mobile units can be rolled into different classrooms on a portable stand for maximum flexibility. And our new PUROBOT UV programmable disinfection robot can be used throughout the school, as it automatically disinfects large spaces and high-touch areas such as hallways, gyms, locker rooms, kitchens, auditoriums and more. The PUROBOT UV robot can also be leased and can prove to be an outstanding value to help keep all schools and universities open, safe and disinfected from today’s coronavirus, to influenza, and any other virus that may pop up in the future. Our products are designed for ease of use, so janitors can set up quick, safe disinfection routines that do not need to operate while educators and students are at school. We are proud to offer a high-tech, powerful and affordable approach to disinfection in schools to promote healthy environments and peace of mind for students, teachers and parents alike.
*SARS-CoV-2, E. Coli, MRSA, Norovirus, C. diff, C. auris