Pine Forge Academy Using UV Light to Clean Campus
PINE FORGE PA – High-tech devices that rely on ultra-violet light to kill pathogens like coronavirus are being installed in 85 on-campus dorm rooms at Pine Forge Academy, the co-educational Seventh-day Adventist school for grades 9-12 in Douglass (Berks) Township, under what’s deemed as a “partnership” with the units’ Michigan-based manufacturer.
The company, UV Angel, said in a July 28 media release the academy “decided to invest” in its UV Angel Air-brand technology “to create safer and healthier environments and transition back to in-person learning.” The extent of the academy’s financial commitment was not disclosed.
The units use patented UV-C light “to automatically and continuously treat the air for harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi,” according to UV Angel. A similar kind of ultraviolet germ-killing cleanliness from another manufacturer was deployed during June by Tower Health at its hospitals, including those in Pottstown and Phoenixville.
The school is using other precautionary measures, including requiring masks and social distancing, scrubbing and painting the entire campus, and designating isolation rooms. Its academic year is scheduled to being Aug. 24 (Monday). During the 2019-2020 year, Pine Forge had 130 students living onsite.
“We know how important it is to foster safe, in-person learning environments, especially during the critical high school academic years,” academy Headmaster and Principal H. Clifford Reynolds said. “The decision to partner with UV Angel to install units across campus empowers us to continue providing a curriculum in a safe, caring environment, and preparing students spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially.”
The devices combine standard in-ceiling lighting with a proprietary air treatment system (above). Air is pulled into a sealed chamber where it is treated with high-intensity UV-C light, then the cleaned and treated air is then returned to the room. Lowering levels of harmful pathogens in the air reduces students’ risk of exposure, UV Angel stated in its release.
The company said it also gives users collected data and an “ability to track key performance indicators” to enable decisions about pathogen and infection control.
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