The students of Santa Rosa Independent School District will breathe a little easier when the school doors reopen. The SRISD Board of Directors will be purchasing an air filtering system that kills viruses and bacteria, and removes allergens from the indoor air.
The SRISD Board of Directors voted on July 27 to purchase the Needlepoint Bipolar Ionizer. The air-purifying technology produces positively- and negatively-charged ions that kill pathogens. It also aides in stopping the spread of disease, such as COVID-19. It will cost the district $190,752.
According to SRISD Board President Santos Castaneda, investing in the air ionizer is a proactive measure for the new school year.
“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our children,” Castaneda said. “We don’t want to wait until we have a problem. We owe it to the students and staff to provide the healthiest possible environment for them.”
The board also voted to purchase 70 touchless water fountains that dispense filtered water. The fountains, which will cost $89,550, will not only provide cleaner water but better prevent the spread of germs.