Roosevelt ISD takes proactive approach to fight flu, illness with innovative machines

Roosevelt ISD takes proactive approach to fight flu, illness with innovative machines

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Many schools have been closing on the south plains to give the schools extra days to disinfect and clean the schools. All in an effort to fight the flu and other germs. Back in October 2018, Roosevelt I.S.D.’s school board decided to take a proactive approach to fighting those pesky germs. They purchased five electrostatic disinfectant sprayers. They’re an E-mist Innovations EM360.

Dallas Grimes is the Superintendent at Roosevelt I.S.D. He said that last year, when the flu bug hit the schools, the teachers were hit the worst. This year, the school board took a proactive approach and purchased the germ fighting machines for the school.

“We studied different pieces of equipment out on the market and ultimately selected a sprayer that is giving an electric charge. And what it allows is as the disinfectant comes out, it lands on the surface, but then the charge basically wraps around the atom that you’re spraying.” explained Grimes, “The advantages to this are it have a probiotic. It allows the good bacteria to continue exist, but it gets rid of the bad bacteria you don’t want to hang around.”

The campuses and buses are sprayed at least 2-3 times per week, and the high traffic areas on campus are sprayed daily. Grimes said it seems to be helping. “We’ve reduced the number of staff absences 15 days over the same time period. December-January of last year.”

While they’re not completely protected from getting sick, the school says they’re glad that their numbers have been greatly reduced.

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