NEWARK, NJ – (BUSINESS WIRE) – To welcome students and faculty back to the classroom with confidence, Newark Public Schools announced they have placed an order with Bio-Shine Inc., based in Spotswood, New Jersey, to install more than 4,500 Odorox air purifiers in PK -12 have classrooms, offices, and other high-traffic areas throughout the district. Odorox, powered by PYURE Technology, is a hydroxyl-generating air and surface cleaning system that safely breathes room air and makes surfaces safe to touch.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of good air and surface hygiene in schools. In addition to Newark Public Schools’ strict COVID-19 protocols and hygiene procedures, Odorox provides a critical layer of protection. With PYURE technology, Odorox replicates the way sunlight disinfects the outside air by creating and distributing the same natural detergents indoors. This technology has been shown to destroy SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and can be used around people, plants and animals around the clock.

“The district has made every possible effort to prepare our schools for the safe return of students and staff for personal lessons. This is an example of that effort. Our city has had high positivity rates, so we are extremely careful about ours Consult with Dr. Mark Wade, director of the Newark Department of Health, on reopening strategy, “said Roger León, Superintendent of Newark Public Schools.” Our priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. We feel confident we are be able to resume face-to-face tuition in the Newark public school system and our buildings will be safe. ”

Not only is Odorox able to kill the COVID-19 virus, it is also effective against seasonal viral infections such as flu and colds, as well as against noroviruses and other gastrointestinal viruses. It also destroys mold spores in the air; purifies the air from allergens, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and other irritants; and eliminates odors.

“As the facility manager, I know the central indoor air quality control system is working, but the people who occupy these rooms every day can’t see it. The great thing about Odorox is that you can see the machine working in the room and that students, parents and staff have peace of mind, ”said Steve Morlino, Executive Director Facility Management at Newark Public Schools. “But the real value is that it does what it says it does – it kills the COVID-19 virus; thoroughly disinfects porous and non-porous surfaces; eliminates VOCs and other irritants from the air; and much more. We will do everything we can to create a healthier and more comfortable learning environment in our schools. ”

“This equipment is great for schools as it requires very little maintenance and is extremely energy efficient. PYURE’s hydroxyl generating technology does not require contaminants in a room to pass through a processing chamber in the machine for 99% effectiveness in disinfecting air and surfaces, ”said Jason Teigman, Executive Director of Sales at Bio -Shine, distributor of Odorox at Newark Public Schools. “That’s why Odorox can work so quickly. The device has a filter that protects the components from dust, dirt and debris. Otherwise, as long as the device is switched on, hydroxyl groups will be generated by the machine and distributed in the air and on surfaces. ”

In addition to the 4,500 Odorox devices, the Newark Public Schools COVID-19 logs include, but are not limited to:

  • Masks are compulsory at all times in school buildings

  • Plexiglass sneeze pads are installed on desks and all classrooms are equipped with disinfectants, additional masks and gloves

  • The signage reminds people to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wash their hands

  • Free breakfast and snacks are offered at the school. In the event of early release, students will be given a take away option to avoid gatherings in the lunchtime rooms

    • Food is also available for the students’ families if required

  • Many of the faculties and staff have been vaccinated and the rest are encouraged to get vaccinated as well

    • The district has hosted several events at Barringer High School to provide vaccination

  • On March 24, Newark Public Schools announced a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks to conduct weekly pooled COVID-19 tests for all students and faculties in each classroom

  • Strict entry restrictions require that non-students or faculty members authorized to enter a public school building in Newark achieve a negative COVID result

  • Daily entry procedures require that all faculties, students, and authorized visitors:

    • Answer the CDC’s required COVID-19 screening questions

    • Enter a shoe disinfection station to sanitize and clean the shoes, then place them on an extraction mat to remove excess moisture

    • Check their temperatures

    • Apply a hand sanitizer

  • Students are assigned a schedule Monday through Tuesday or Thursday through Friday

    • Thorough cleaning and disinfection are reserved on Wednesdays

Other plumbing and facility improvements made by Newark Public Schools in response to the pandemic include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrostatic sprayers for disinfecting porous and non-porous surfaces

  • Kaivac No Touch bathroom cleaning machines

  • The air inlet grilles are fully open to continuously flush buildings with fresh air and the MERV filter values ​​have been improved where necessary.

To test the effectiveness of all COVID response measures, Newark Public Schools have implemented air quality control and testing protocols that include, but are not limited to:

  • Reflective light meter for testing surfaces for microscopic living cells on surfaces

  • Ion tester

  • Regular CO2 measurement and monitoring

  • O3 and oxidizer meter

  • More frequent air filter changes

For more information on Newark Public Schools’ response to COVID-19 and back to school protocols, please visit www.nps.k12.nj.us.

For more information on Odorox air purifiers, PYURE technology and how they help ensure the safe return to class, email [email protected]

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About the PYURE Company

PYURE Company, formerly known as HGI Industries, designs, manufactures, and markets commercial air purifiers that disinfect air and surfaces. PYURE’s innovative, patented technology reproduces the way sunlight disinfects the outside environment by safely creating and diffusing indoor hydroxyl groups and organic oxidants. PYURE markets products that destroy pathogens and improve air quality – from handheld devices that treat hundreds of square feet to HVAC-integrated solutions with sensor-driven, integrated process controls that treat hundreds of thousands of square feet. PYURE products can be purchased directly or through authorized dealers. The PYURE Company was founded in 2007 and is privately owned. The headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Boynton Beach, Florida. More information is available at www.pyureco.com.