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New Jersey Is Giving K–12 Schools Free Air Purifiers with Air Filters to Make the Air Better.

In an effort to improve air quality and make schools healthier for students, teachers, and staff, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has announced a new program that will give portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration purifiers and filters to K-12 schools across the state for free.

Research has shown that the levels of pollutants in indoor air can be much higher than those in outdoor air. Pollutants like dust, mold, mites, and pollen can be harmful to your health, especially if you have allergies or asthma.

Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli emphasized how important this initiative is by saying that HEPA purifiers offer multiple layers of protection against pollution and make schools healthier places to be. The goal is to keep students healthy and interested in school so they can learn as much as they can.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDE), and the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (NJSDA) all help pay for the program.

It builds on money from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), which helped K–12 schools buy HEPA units and filters to clean the air.

The initiative’s leader, Jamie Weller, MSN, RN, NJ-CSN, Deputy Director of the NJDOH’s Office of Local Public Health, talked about how asthma affects students in New Jersey from her own experience.

She said that asthma symptoms can be caused by allergens, environmental irritants, and respiratory infections and that HEPA purifiers can make the classroom a healthier place to learn.

Schools that want to take part in the program have until 3 p.m. on April 12 to fill out a survey. The NJDOH will look at requests, but getting the number of HEPA purifiers asked for is not a given. Each school will also get up to three replacement HEPA sets per unit. Each purifier/three-filter set is made to last for two full school years.

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Acting Education Commissioner Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan talked about how important it is to give students and staff a high-quality learning environment and how HEPA purifiers can help with that.

The program, which is available to both public and private schools, can help reduce irritants in the air and protect kids from getting respiratory illnesses.

People know that HEPA units can get rid of pollutants and airborne particles, like the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Even though HEPA purifiers can’t replace good ventilation, they can help other methods work better.

The provided Modify Air MA-112 purifier can cover up to 1,050 square feet and should be put in places where students, especially those who may be sick, spend a lot of time, like classrooms and nurses’ offices.

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Parvesh is the Content Writer for New Jersey Local News. Here at New Jersey Local News, she covers local news of New Jersey state. Moreover, Parvesh likes to dance and listen to music. She also finds time in her hectic schedule to relax and spend time with loved ones.


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