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Reopening Schools Post Pandemic

We've appreciated the thousands of site visitors to our videos and other
school/COVID materials. We will keep everything in place until the fall to support communicating the nature and prevention of viral exposures in schools.

May 2021

Considerations for Safely Reopening American Schools

The following documents support making decisions about reopening schools and procedures to facilitate safe and successful reopening. We are providing COVID-19 perspectives, information, and guarded advice based on our present understanding of immunology, public health, and 40+ years of providing practical health and safety advice to schools.

Support services for schools monitoring and validating COVID-19 safety precautions

This diagram (click to enlarge) illustrates limitations with simply increasing volume and fresh area ratios of air flow.   Enhancing velocity may create “dead zones” or exacerbate toxic spread if diffusion and air distribution is not taken into consideration.  Remember, virus contamination is almost never introduced from outside the room.  The source of viral exposures are from other room occupants.  Enhanced hygiene within the air handling systems (higher grade filters, UV radiation, ionization systems) may support dilution of virus burdens but will not affect emissions.

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This diagram illustrates limitations with simply increasing volume and fresh area ratios of air flow.   Enhancing velocity may create “dead zones” or exacerbate toxic spread if diffusion and air distribution is not taken into consideration.  Remember, virus contamination is almost never introduced from outside the room.  The source of viral exposures are from other room occupants.  Enhanced hygiene within the air handling systems (higher grade filters, UV radiation, ionization systems) may support dilution of virus burdens but will not affect emissions.

Video descriptions of air exchange, school classroom exposure prevention, and monitoring and validating relative classroom safety.

We wish to thank The Wall Street Journal for allowing us to use portions of their COVID-19 video material.

The importance of ventilation in buildings
Air exchange and classroom safety
Assuring and validating classroom safety

March 2021

COVID-19 and School Air Quality

The goal of school COVID-19 programming in schools should be viewed as empowering the immune systems that naturally protect facility occupants. This is the governing consideration in maintaining wholesome air within the school facility.

In a way every COVID-19 preventive action, from the attempt to create a safe vaccine to social distancing and masks is based on empowering an individual’s immune system to better do its job. That concept is important to keep in mind in facility maintenance efforts to protect individuals from COVID-19.

March 2021

The Immune System and Schools Addressing COVID-19

School public health prevention efforts to protect students, employees and the community are designed to reduce the burden of exposure to the Sars-2 virus allowing our immune systems to do their job. We need to understand something about those systems—our allies.

March 2021

Public and Private Recovery of COVID-19 Financial Losses and for Supporting New Safety Requirements

The ability for public and private school systems to recover from operational interruption losses is complex and evolving. We sought professional legal counsel to review general perspectives toward securing damages through submitting an insurance claim for “business or operational interruption losses.”

Having worked on school health and policy issues for many years, we have taken the liberty as health policy professionals, to comment on what we think makes sense at this point, for schools confronting COVID-19 and regulatory- based losses and necessary public health expenditures.

March 2021

Crisis Communications and School Administration – COVID-19

For 45 years ERC has been working with health concerns and crises within school systems. We have learned that it is not enough for school leadership to do the right thing—they must effectively communicate that they have done so. How leadership communicates in a time of destabilizing crisis is nearly as critical as making wise decisions. As they address reopening amid the COVID-19 crisis the communication dynamic requires consideration.

March 2021

Learning From Other Nations - The COVID-19 School Reopening Dilemma

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