Kzoo schools to add air purifiers to cafeterias

New air purification equipment will be installed throughout the district after parents complained about crowded dining rooms.

Parents of students in Kalamazoo Public Schools are getting their way after a push to improve air quality in school buildings.

Hundreds of parents petitioned district officials to install air purifiers in the schools’ cafeterias. The district already requires students to wear masks in school, but that doesn’t apply to lunch times when cafeterias can be packed with unmasked students.

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“In an effort to continue readiness, KPS will add another layer of protection by purchasing commercial air purifiers with HEPA or high efficiency particulate air filters for school cafeterias,” said Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that schools use HEPA air filters because they can keep viruses, such as the coronavirus behind COVID-19, from circulating.

The district rejected using parents’ own homemade air purifiers due to liability issues.


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