Vital Electro-Hygiene Technology Qualifies as CARES Act Spending for Schools

As America’s schools plan their reopening, disinfecting continues to play a central role—Schools use funding from CARES Act to buy vital electro-hygiene technology

Around the world and especially in the US, schools have just closed out the most complex period in modern education, as nearly every K-12, higher ed and technical training institution has been closed due the Covid-19 pandemic. Distance learning has proven to be a multi-dimensional undertaking for both educators and parents. But as the summer months have started, school administrators are turning their focus to preparing for the reopening of their schools and campuses in the late summer and fall. The CDC has published new guidance for these environments and have offered the most prescriptive resources with an enhanced focus on disinfecting and cleaning.

The CDC has offered guidelines for reopening schools and is the public health agency’s most comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols to date for schools and other vulnerable populations. Specifically they recommend to “Keep in mind the availability of cleaning and disinfection products and appropriate PPE. Always wear gloves appropriate for the chemicals being used for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Follow the directions on the disinfectant label for additional PPE needs. In specific instances, personnel with specialized training and equipment may be required to apply certain disinfectants such as fumigants or fogs.”

The stimulus bill that passed in late March, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act, earmarks $30.7 billion under an Education Stabilization Fund for states to spend on education, including $13.2 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund and $14 billion for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

The most recent guidance from the Federal government would allow for money allocated in the CARES Act to be used to offset the cost of schools purchasing disinfecting equipment, supplies and the labor needed for enhanced cleaning. The State of Florida’s Department of Education has released comprehensive guidance to its states schools on this specific issues and offered guidance to educators on how to comply with the CARES Act.

The law lists 12 allowable uses of the $13.2 billion in the package's K-12 relief fund including; Purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the facilities of a local educational agency, including buildings operated by such agency.

After the longest closures in university history since the Civil War, countless universities have publicly stated their intent to reopen their campuses in full or in part this fall. From community colleges to the nations oldest, like William & Mary recently interviewed in a 60 Minutes segment, have each been anguished with the safety responsibility they have, while balancing the challenging  financial reckoning that has impacted their budgets. 

 

But as higher ed starts to implement bold new strategies to keep their campuses free from the viruses, practical solutions emerge as the most critical. Cleaning, disinfecting, enhanced air filtration and social distancing are at the core of their plans.

 

The HYGIENICA™ Electro-Hygiene System qualifies as disinfecting equipment that schools can purchase using CARE Act funds to prepare their facilities for students to be able to return to a safe and healthy school environment. HYGIENICA™ technology mitigates the virus in conjunction with any EPA registered disinfectant and has been proven to be highly effective at eliminating 99.99% of all viruses, pathogens and bacteria.