Fans in schools

  • 02 Aug 2020 11:02 AM
    Reply # 9139816 on 9133689

    I think the key statement from the CDC says that a fan IN THE WINDOW drawing in outside air is acceptable.

    The goal is to get the outside air in.  AC units in the window are recirculating room air, not a good thing.   Could the AC unit have some typed of added filter?   

    I think Dr. Chan was trying to say that a fan in the corner of the room would not be good idea.   He has our questions about fans in writing and will answer them on Friday.

    Paula MacKinnon

  • 31 Jul 2020 10:04 AM
    Reply # 9137036 on 9133689
    So much conflicting data. 

    I know fans have been discouraged by DR. Chan and DHHS, and this has caused much concern for the teachers-  but according to CDC they are encouraged (which is good news)  -

    "Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors if possible, and using fans. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk for occupants, including children (e.g., a risk of falling or of breathing outdoor environmental contaminants such as carbon monoxide, molds, or pollens).-- "

  • 30 Jul 2020 7:08 AM
    Reply # 9134778 on 9133689

    Dr. Chan addressed the fan question on his call 7/24 (with the school nurses).  He strongly recommended NOT to use them as they would serve as a spreader.  I would think if you have a functional HVAC or in-room HEPA filters then a fan would be more acceptable. 

    That is what I am telling my admin.

  • 29 Jul 2020 5:47 PM
    Message # 9133689

    Can someone please clarify if they ARE or ARE NOT permitted at this time to be used in classrooms?
    Please and thank you kindly.

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