Keeping educators and students safe as schools begin to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic is of critical importance. Putting a plan in place to ensure the health and safety of your staff and students includes protocols like increased cleaning and sanitizing, requiring individuals to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), and adding UV germicidal products to your campus. Implementing these plans can be costly and expensive. The good news is two Coronavirus relief packages provide schools with funds to address the impacts of COVID-19.
Can I purchase UV equipment with Coronavirus relief funds?
The $1.9 trillion stimulus bill known as the American Rescue Plan that was signed into law at the beginning of March 2021 and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law March 2020, provide schools with funds to deal with the pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan adds more funds to the monies already established for states, schools, and institutions of higher education by the CARES Act. The American Rescue Plan includes approximately $122 billion in relief for K-12 schools under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund.
Monies from both plans (depending on if you haven’t used all the monies awarded to your school from the CARES Act) can be used to purchase products to keep your school safe and increase the protection your campus has from Coronavirus.
According to a September 2020 blog article from the U.S. Department of Education, “The ARP ESSER funds may be used to address the many impacts of COVID-19 on pre-K through 12 education, including:
- Investing in resources to implement CDC’s K-12 operational strategy for in-person learning to keep educators, staff, and students safe; improving ventilation; purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE); and obtaining additional space to ensure social distancing in classrooms.”
The U.S. Department of Education also addressed this previously with the CARES Act, stating, “We want to emphasize that Department CARES Act funds may be used to pay for PPE, cleaning and sanitizing materials, and similar supplies necessary to maintain safe school operations during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.”
That includes UV sanitizer equipment, which is the hands-down most effective approach to killing COVID-19 and keeping other viruses and bacteria at bay. While PPE and cleaning supplies are important to keeping your campus healthy, UV germicidal light is by far the most effective in eliminating germs and viruses from your facility.
The Effectiveness of UV Sanitizer Equipment on Germs Nearby.
UV technology has been used for decades for its proven ability to attack the DNA of viruses, bacteria, mold, spores, and other harmful microorganisms, which effectively kills them. Unlike manual cleaning methods, UV sanitizer equipment won’t miss a spot if operating instructions are followed properly. Traditional cleaning methods also leave caustic chemical vapors on surfaces and in the air, which could potentially harm your staff and students who have medical conditions like asthma or are sensitive to chemical smells.
What is the best UV light sanitizer for schools?
The best UV light sanitizer for schools is the R-Zero mobile UV device. In fact, it’s already been incorporated into numerous school COVID-19 disinfection plans. We’re an energy solutions consultant company and our core competency is lighting. We suggest the R-Zero UV disinfection system to our clients because of its ease of use and effectiveness in killing off the Coronavirus. The UVC device can virtually kill off Coronavirus in a 1,000 sq ft room in seven minutes flat! A member of your cleaning crew just plugs it in and lets it run its short disinfection cycle while he or she is wiping down another room. It should be noted, UVC light is not safe for human exposure and the R-Zero should not be run with people around.
The mobile device uses an LTE connection to track and transmit data on the work it’s done. That means not only will you have peace of mind, but your staff and students, as well as board members, taxpayers, and parents know you are committed to keeping your school safe.
Have other schools purchased UV sanitizer equipment with Coronavirus relief monies?
Hundreds of schools and states have already taken advantage of their CARES Act funds to protect their facilities against Coronavirus. The Berkeley County School District in South Carolina has proposed using a portion of their CARES Act funding for sanitizing equipment, including sneeze guards and UV light in air handling units.
Fargo, North Dakota schools used CARES Act funds to add UV light filtration into their water systems.
In Scottsdale, Arizona, the city will use some of their CARES Act funds awarded to them from the state of Arizona to add features like automatic doors, touch free fixtures, and disinfection technology to city buildings.
Start using your COVID relief package funds to purchase UV equipment!
Funds must be spent by September 30, 2021 so now is the time to take advantage of the monies the federal government has awarded your school. Protect your students and staff and add to the protections you already have in place. We can connect you with the UV sanitizer and disinfection equipment you need for peace of mind. Reach out to us at (800) 834-8737 so we can create a tailored UV plan for your campus!