Board hears about ventilation upgrades at Bluewater schools

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Bluwater District School Board received 103 HEPA units which have been placed according to ministry requirements, a report on on the business meeting agenda on Sept. 7 said.

School boards were required to place standalone HEPA filter units in all occupied learning areas with no or poor mechanical ventilation, before students return to class.

In schools with mechanical ventilation, boards were required to place standalone HEPA filter units in all JK/SK classrooms.

Order for replacement filters have already been placed to try to avoid delays of supplies from manufacturing. BWDSB moved to a higher level of filter last August as part of the Return to School ministry funding. Filters are also changed more frequently.

Bluewater District School Board has posted the ‘Standardized Ventilation Measures Report’ to the website.

There is a link on the right hand side of the home page of the Bluewater website. It provides information on a school by school basis of our ventilation work.

When you open the BWDSB Ventilation Report Page 1 and 2 give an overview. On Page 3, there is a drop-down menu at the top and you can look at information for measures in each school.

The cost of upgrades this school year is $2.2 million with 20 projects in progress or planned.

The Return to School funding provided $905,000 over two installments. The federal COVID-19 Resilience provided $1.5 million directed toward air quality and ventilation. This was used for replacement units.

The Ministry memo 2021:14 School Ventilation provided $45,000 for the 103 standalone HEPA filter units.

Last year, the cost was $2.4 million for upgrades.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald

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