Using new technologies to provide additional protections from COVID-19 for students and staff is a top priority at Nevis School.

Facility manager Dustin Wroolie gave a brief report at the Nevis School Board meeting Monday night and shared more about these efforts in an interview with the Enterprise.

One new technology is needlepoint bipolar ionization. “It ejects equal amounts of positive and negative ions and when it comes into contact with viruses, bacteria or mold it will remove the hydrogen molecules,” he said. “That is supposed to be pretty effective in killing them.”

Rooms with the Univent heating system already have ionizers in their room. Now it is in the air handlers that provide ventilation to the rest of the building as well.

Money from Hubbard County’s CARES Act funding paid for the new system. The district recently received $57,716 from the county to help with COVID-19 expenses.

Newsletter signup for email alerts

“We’re going to be putting extra barriers in classrooms too,” Wroolie said.

Additional cleaning is being done in high-touch areas of the school as well, such as door knobs and faucets.

“We’re staffed the same for cleaning, but our priorities have been a little bit different,” Wroolie said. “We may not be able to mop or vacuum a room every night, but we’re making sure we’re getting into bathrooms multiple times a day, sanitizing and keeping everything clean.”

The district has also invested in some electrostatic sprayers.

“They will give the sanitizer a positive charge, so when the liquid comes out it adheres to surfaces a lot better and assures the sanitizer is getting where it needs to go more efficiently,” said Wroolie. “At the end of the day, we’ll let it air-dry.”