DPS to monitor classroom air quality with new sensors
This summer, nearly 800 air quality sensors will be installed across all Denver Public School (DPS) buildings. Using $1.5 million from Colorado’s $205 million in ESSR funds – federal COVID relief money – these sensors are part of a larger effort to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in schools and improve the air kids breathe while in the classroom.
The pandemic has shined a light on the long-overdue need to improve air quality in classrooms. In addition to the danger of spreading COVID, many students suffer from allergies, asthma, and various other airborne viruses that are exacerbated by poor air quality in schools. These sensors are one step toward improving this issue. By identifying the schools with the greatest need, the state can then further direct resources to improve indoor air quality.
DPS is also repairing and replacing HVAC components such as exhaust fans and boilers, in addition to building more outdoor classrooms. The district spent nearly $5 million two years ago to repair HVAC systems, clean the equipment, and upgrade air filters – they are hopeful that the sensors will show air quality trends they can use to plan future work.
As the 2022-23 school year approaches, these new sensors are just one way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Still, increasing vaccination rates remains the most effective way to combat the spread of the virus and avoid its potential and dangerous complications. Vaccination also helps prevent the development of new and more dangerous COVID-19 variants that could impact us all. There are a variety of ways to seek out a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for both you and your children. Resources to help you find a COVID-19 vaccine for your child are listed below:
- Pediatric clinics across the state are now offering the vaccine to children 5-11. Find upcoming clinics for kids here.
- Some retail pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens, take vaccination appointments. Find a pharmacy appointment near you here.
- Mobile vaccination clinics remain open across the state, and continue to offer vaccines for children 5-11. Find an appointment at a mobile vaccination clinic near you here.
- Dozens of county providers still provide vaccines, and continue to take appointments for children 5-11. Find the updated list of providers and their contact information for scheduling here.