One key strategy to maintain a healthy environment is to increase the circulation of air and increase the flow of outside air. To create improved ventilation and promote safety, Penn Charter consulted with an HVAC engineering firm for guidance on our protocols.
The school completed upgrades and Covid-19-specific maintenance of current heating and cooling systems. Those units will receive frequent maintenance throughout the school year.
To improve air quality and promote air flow, Penn Charter has worked to ensure every window within the academic buildings is operable and has screens.
In administration suites and rooms that do not have direct access to outside air, the HVAC units have been outfitted with bipolar ionization units.
In school spaces that do not have A/C, fans will be set up to pull air into the space and push air out to create circulation and air turnover. Free-standing medical-grade HEPA air purifiers will be used in spaces to provide additional air scrubbing in specific spaces.
More detail in Section C / 13 of the Health and Safety Plan.