AUGUST 19, 2021 – In January, Regina Public Schools announced that it had enhanced the ventilation systems in all its schools and buildings. In addition to cleaning protocols that were also put in place, the school division is working to minimize health and safety risks to students and staff.
Looking forward to the 2021-22 school year, the enhanced ventilation systems and increased airflow in schools and all buildings are a key component to the safe return to school.
The air filtration systems use a technology called “bipolar ionization.” This filtration:
- reduces particles and smoke in the air;
- kills pathogens (bacteria, viruses, molds), including human influenza viruses, coronavirus and SARS; and
- helps control allergens and asthma.
The installation of the air filtration systems was a multi-phase process that began in September 2020. The first phase included installing systems on rooftop units, unit ventilators and furnaces. The second phase, completed in December 2020, included the installation of the large-scale air-handling units on school buildings.
Regina Public Schools staff worked with external contractors to complete the installations. This complex work involved more than 800 individual installations at schools and school division buildings.
The new ventilation systems were funded by Regina Public Schools, with support from Government of Saskatchewan and Government of Canada pandemic funding.