STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Every New York City public school classroom will have two air purifiers by the start of the 2021-2022 school year, according to a recent report by Chalkbeat.
Chalkbeat reported that the city Department of Education (DOE) has already distributed 100,000 air purifiers to schools, and are now working to ensure each of the city’s 56,000 classrooms have two air purifiers before schools reopen to all students for in-person learning in the fall.
They are high-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters, that lower the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The pledge to ensure every classroom has at least two air purifiers confirms what Kevin Moran, chief operating officer for school operations, told Staten Island families during an information session last month.
This upcoming year, the DOE is going one step further, he said, by bringing a second round of air purifiers into the mix to make sure there are multiple units in each classroom. The city will also put MERV-13 air filters on air conditioning units and window units for use during the summer.
I saw teachers on Twitter talking about having difficulty adding anything new due to the electrical limitations in their classrooms and others saying this was COVID theatre more than anything else. Otherwise, teachers seem okay with the air purifiers as a step forward.
Happy last day of school. I recall one teacher at Jamaica High Schoo who used to sing "It's the most wonderful time of the year" on the last day every year.