SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Change is in the air at Springfield Public Schools. More specifically, in the air purification system.
This week, the district began the process of installing about 500 air purifiers across all of its schools. The iWave-C Air Purifiers will add a special ion in the air that the manufacturer claims kills the coronavirus. A handful of technicians are responsible for installing the units at every school in the district as well as administration offices.
The installations are beginning first at elementary schools because students in kindergarten through third grade meet current state and county guidelines to return to the classroom.
“It kills 99.4% of any virus or bacteria, so that’s why we went with this product,” said Veronica Arciga, an HVAC technician for Springfield Public Schools.
Arciga said the average elementary school will need about 30 of the air purifiers. The goal is to have every school outfitted with the new purifiers by Sept. 13.
“We are working hard and getting every school in the district,” Arciga said. “And also we’re going to do the administration building – any property the district owns.”
A spokesperson for Springfield Public Schools said the district has spent around $265,000 to improve the ventilation and purification in all of the buildings.
“The previous filtration system was whatever was standard for each unit. We didn’t have ions in the filtration system. So, this is a lot better. It’s going to do a lot more,” Arciga said.