The American Lung Association urges K-12 Colorado schools to take advantage of a new program that provides schools with HEPA portable air cleaners and replacement filters at no cost.
It’s part of an effort to improve the indoor air quality for children so that they can learn better in healthier academic environments.
“Filtering indoor air can help prevent the transmission of respiratory viruses, like COVID-19, flu, and RSV, as well as reduce pollutants that can contribute to asthma and allergies,” said Jill Heins, Lung Association National Senior Director of Indoor Air Quality and Asthma.
The effort is called the Clean Air for Schools program and is led by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). There are limited quantities and schools are urged to apply now to ensure they receive the HEPA portable air cleaners.
“Clean air in schools has multiple benefits for students and staff. Clean, healthy air improves cognition, as well as reduces absenteeism and the need for substitute teachers,” said Pat Sandos, Superintendent of Sheridan School District 2. “That’s why we just applied for the HEPA portable air cleaners in my district and we commend the Lung Association and CDPHE for the Clean Air for Schools program.”
The units are being supplied by Colorado-based Carrier West and include three HEPA filters. Each filter lasts a year with normal use, so classrooms will have HEPA-filtered air through the end of the 2025-2026 school year.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.