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Chinook School Division highlights COVID-19 prevention in annual maintenance report

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Safety and protection against Covid-19 has been a key priority for Chinook School Division when it comes to the up keep and maintenance of their facilities.

Kevin Jones, Manager of Facilities and Maintenance, presented a report during a regular Chinook School Division board meeting on Oct. 12.

Safety and protection against Covid-19 has been a key priority for Chinook School Division when it comes to the up keep and maintenance of their facilities.

“From the beginning of September to the end of June, schools needed to operate in a non-traditional way due to the pandemic," said Jones. "The maintenance and the facilities teams accepted this challenge as an opportunity and made the required changes to processes and procedures.”

The changes included the way the maintenance team needed to complete work orders, daily disinfection, cleaning projects, the deployment of new chemicals and PPE.

“The new initiatives were required to keep all staff and students safe and to enable the best opportunity for a continuation of in-class learning,” he added.

When it comes to keeping students and staff safe, the division has been improving the enhanced processes and procedures that have been in place since the beginning of the pandemic.

This includes enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures and making upgrades to the air filtration system.

“With the understanding that viruses can travel through the air, Chinook has taken measures to control air borne particulates,” stated Jones.

These measures include mechanical ventilation, the installation of bi-polar ionization units on most mechanical ventilation equipment, and purchasing a number of portable Jade air units, which contain a hepa filter, carbon filter and ultraviolet light.

To date the division has allocated $428,898 to purchase and install this equipment.

Maintenance staff were able to complete 89 per cent of the approved minor renovation projects during the past year. They also completed 2,497 work orders during the 2020-21 school year, which is higher than the past two previous years. A total 1,763 work orders were completed in the 2019-20 school year and 2,054 in 2018-19.

Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard

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