COVID-19 ushered forth a plethora of new safety guidelines and strategies intended to bring students and teachers back to the classroom as safely as possible. Indoor air quality has topped the list of school leaders’ concerns.
With students back in physical classrooms, air quality must take priority regardless of a district’s mask policy.
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- health and safety risks associated with impure air and the need to “up our game” in classroom air purification
- regulatory guidelines on indoor air quality and a practical guide to evaluating your present air purification system(s)
- your peers’ experiences going through a recent upgrade to fix air quality concerns
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