ECISD adds air purifiers to COVID defense efforts

This week, Ector County ISD is rolling out 3,500 high-quality air purifiers that will help combat harmful airborne particles including the COVID-19 virus. The filters are being placed in every classroom and every office in ECISD.

“[The filters are] considered medical grade,” Brandon Reyes, ECISD executive director of operations, said in a news release.

“They are small but powerful, removing up to 99% of harmful particles from the air. They can clean about 2,200 square feet of space in about an hour. “We wanted to help provide an additional barrier in the classrooms and in the offices to help protect our staff and students,” he said.

ECISD’s Operations, Nursing & Health Services, and Development departments collaborated on a grant proposal that was ultimately accepted, and fully covered the nearly $1.2 million cost of purchasing the 3,500 air purifiers. The ECISD School Nutrition team used its trucks to deliver them to each location, and custodians distributed them and set them up, making this a true team effort, the release said.

The first shipment of the air purifiers arrived last Friday and units are being set up this week.