Three schools in Slough have become the first in the United Kingdom to have ‘anti-Covid’ indoor air technology installed in their buildings.
The Langley Academy Primary School, the Langley Heritage Primary and The Langley Academy, a co-educational secondary school, had a new ‘revolutionary’ air cleaning system put in before Christmas which uses Needlepoint Bipolar Ionisation (NPBI) tech that has been proven to kill coronavirus.
NPBI is an ‘active’ air cleaning system and works by neutralising Covid particles suspended in the air or on a surface in the room by introducing air cleaning ions into the airstream. An ion is any atom or group of atoms that bear one or more positive or negative electrical charges.
Indoor air quality specialists Clenzair installed a range of different NPBI products in the three schools, including free-hanging fans in the ceiling and in the duct mounting and air conditioning systems. These were positioned in communal areas, such as main halls, sports halls, reception areas, offices, and staff rooms. Clenzair also provided a number of portable ‘plug and play’ devices for teachers to be able to use in classrooms.
Tests by independent laborarites against a live strain of SARS-CoV-2 have proven that NPBI can neutralise Covid-19, as well as other pathogens such as MRSA, bird flu, swine flu, Ebola and E. Coli.
The Arbib Education Trust, which supports the schools, says it made the decision to install the air technology in order to safeguard its staff and pupils against Covid-19. The schools collectively have over 2,500 pupils and 300 staff.
Executive Principal Rhodri Bryant at The Arbib Education Trust, said: “We have a duty to safeguard the health and safety of our staff and pupils. We believe Clenzair makes the air pure and if we’re all breathing in healthier air and it neutralises Covid, as well as other viruses, then that is a very positive thing for our schools.
“I think it will give staff the confidence that we have taken such measures to help protect them and give parents comfort that their children will also be going to a school that that is doing all it can to keep them safe.”