Carlsbad schools improve air quality to help prevent COVID-19 spread

Carlsbad Municipal Schools continue to take measures to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19 by maintaining air quality and regularly sanitizing buildings.

School districts that receive relief funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, and the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER III) are allowed to use the funds to keep classrooms clean and improve air quality to help reduce the spread of the virus.

CMS Director of Operations Kevin Dillon said the district already upgraded the district’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) with MERV 13 filters, which are able to capture virus particles.

MERV 13 filters are able to collect smaller airborne particles to help reduce the spread of pathogens such as COVID-19.

The district spent $425,000 last year to upgrade filters in all the district’s schools and buildings, including the administration office, Dillon said.

One million dollars from the $8.3 million ESSER III funds will be used to replace filters—which is done every three to six months—and maintain improvements, he explained.

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