Back to School After a Year with No Flu

Back to School After a Year with No Flu:

How to Create a Safer Learning Environment with UV-C Lighting

As kids head back to school this fall, it is vital for kindergarten classrooms, colleges, and every school in between to take steps to reduce the spread of illness among students, faculty, and staff – not just for COVID-19, but all the yearly viruses and airborne germs. Taking precaution is especially important this year, after a year with virtually no flu cases. Experts predict this lack of a flu season in 2020 could mean a reduced level of immunity in 2021.

Additionally, with the Delta variant of COVID-19 increasing in numbers and posing an especially big risk to kids under 12 who can’t get vaccinated, it is more important than ever to invest in health & safety measures this school year. By implementing safeguards against airborne illnesses, including colds and the flu, students and teachers will be able to spend more days in the classroom and get more out of those days, by not being sick.

How UV-C Light Can Help Reduce the Spread of Colds, Viruses, and the Flu

Through a series of studies, it has been shown that UV-C light—when used effectively—deactivates germs, molds, viruses, and other harmful microbes present in the air and on surfaces. By eliminating these potential health risks, UV-C light creates a safer learning environment for children, and a safer working environment for faculty and staff. But does UV light really work, and if it does, how? We can help provide some answers!

Top Questions about Germicidal UV Light:

1. Does UV light inactivate COVID-19?

Yes! According to this article, published by the American Society for Microbiology, when LED UVC light was utilized in their study, it “effectively inactivated viral infectivity.” In this article, published by Scientific Reports, they specify that “Germicidal ultraviolet light, typically at 254 nm, is effective…” as a direct approach to limiting “airborne viral transmissions.” It goes on to suggest that far-UVC technology (222 nm) even more “efficiently and safely inactivates Airborne Human Coronaviruses.”

2. Does UVC work on viruses other than COVID-19?

Also, yes! In that same American Society for Microbiology article as above, the scientists found that “UVC LED, an innovative technology, can effectively inactivate microorganisms regardless of taxonomic classification.” UVC was shown to be effective in inactivating E-coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Staph, and more. Bacteria has the “highest UV susceptibility, represented by the inactivation rate…followed by fungi and viruses.”

3. Why use UVC light disinfection in schools?

With a difficult flu season on the horizon and vaccines not being available yet for kids under 12, it is important to protect the most vulnerable. One key way schools can improve learning productivity and keep people safe is by adding UVC lighting to classrooms, cafeterias, locker rooms, gymnasiums, and other areas with high-touch surfaces and the potential for congestion.

4. What congressional COVID funding is available for schools?

With the Senate recently approving the infrastructure bill & budget resolution, the American Rescue Plan can help your school more affordably fund health & safety measures like UVC products being added to your building.

The Available Funding Includes:

  • $122 billion for K-12 schools will be distributed through the federal Title I formula for funding schools and districts with concentrated poverty. The K-12 dollars will be focused on helping schools reopen.
  • $40 billion to support higher education institutions, most of which would go in direct grants to public and nonprofit colleges and universities, as well as vocational programs. Minority-serving institutions would receive additional support.
  • $2.75 billion for governors to share with private schools.

You can learn more in the article, “What Congressional Covid Funding Means for K-12 Schools”.

What are the Best UVC Products for Schools?

ELEDLights offers a variety of UV disinfection solutions for schools, including options for occupied and unoccupied spaces, surface disinfection and air purification, and HVAC cleaning solutions.

UVC AIR PURIFIERS FOR OCCUPIED SPACES

These units contain fully enclosed or safely directed UV-C lamps (254 nm) which remove pathogens from circulating air. The containment of the UV light makes it possible to run these sanitizers continuously, including while the area being treated is occupied. You can also meet your daily lighting needs by choosing a fixture that features energy-saving LED lights.

Hybrid LED Light with UVC Air Disinfection

TWO-IN-ONE: DISINFECTION + ILLUMINATION
An overhead UVC air purifier built into an energy-efficient, color-selectable LED light fixture.

Upper Room UVC Air Disinfection

Continuously treat air in the upper section of the room as it moves through the UVC light in this fixture and then circulates throughout the space.

Architectural-Grade UVC Disinfection

Attractive, quiet, and low-profile upper room Germicidal UVC air-disinfecting unit.

UVC Active Circulation Air Cleaner

By actively circulating the air with built-in fans, it treats up 1,060 cubic feet of air per hour.

SURFACE DISINFECTION SOLUTIONS

These UVC light fixtures are for use between classes or overnight for sanitization of unoccupied spaces. They will clean all surfaces within range of the UV light emitted, leaving you with disinfected desks, work areas, floors, and more – no chemicals needed. (We recommend installing them on a different circuit than your standard lighting.)

Germicidal UVC Disinfecting Linear Fixture

Suspend this fixture pendant-like or flush mount it to the ceiling – Available in 2ft, 3ft, or 4ft lengths.

Germicidal UVC Disinfecting Corn Light

Portable lamp for UVC disinfection between classes – comes with a stand and has built-in safety features.

Please note that these fixtures must be run during zero occupancy. They should be turned on remotely and only be used by a trained operator who is wearing full body PPE.

UNITS FOR AIR DUCT DISINFECTION

Keep your existing air ducts but improve the air quality and safety in your school’s buildings by installing UVC air-disinfecting lamps inside your heating and cooling duct system. These systems are available in 2 or 4-lamp configurations and are safe to operate 24/7.

UVC HVAC Duct Disinfection

Mounts inside 24" x 24" HVAC duct systems for cleaning the air transmitted throughout the building.

UVC Air Duct Disinfection Unit

Affordable in-duct UVC disinfection for eliminating mold, bacteria, and more from inside your air ducts. Also available in a 4-lamp version.

SPOT DISINFECTION

By integrating handheld UVC cleaning into your school’s sanitizing routine, you can improve the elimination of harmful germs on many surfaces. Periodic cleanings can be completed between the use of classrooms, cafeterias, bathrooms, or other areas with high-touch surfaces.

Commercial Handheld UVC Disinfecting Light

The only UL-listed, EPA-registered, and 3rd-party-tested handheld UVC disinfecting light –Made in the USA.

Please note that this device must be run during zero occupancy and by a trained operator who is wearing full-body PPE for protection against potentially harmful UV exposure.

Get Started with UVC Disinfection for Your School

If your school is looking to add a layer of protection for students and faculty this cold and flu season, reach out to our team of experts today. We can put together a free comprehensive plan for integrating UVC lighting products into your building. No matter where you are at in your project, from planning to buying, we are ready to help. Call 215.355.7200, text 267.266.8330, or email lights@eledlights.com today.