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Public schools and colleges in England will receive wearable carbon dioxide monitors from next month

Public schools and colleges across England will receive wearable carbon dioxide monitors from next month as part of a £25million government scheme to help combat the spread of Covid

  • Schools to measure airflow via carbon monoxide monitors in coronavirus fight
  • The majority of the 300,000 monitors will be available during the fall semester
  • They will be provided to all public educational institutions, including kindergartens










All public schools and colleges in England will receive wearable carbon dioxide monitors from next month to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

The government’s £25m scheme will allow staff to ‘rapidly’ identify where classroom ventilation needs improvement.

The majority of the 300,000 portable monitors – which measure airflow – will be available during the fall term to avoid any disruption to classes when students return after summer vacation.

The government’s £25m scheme will allow staff to ‘rapidly’ identify where classroom ventilation needs improvement. Pupils are pictured at a primary school in Northampton last September

They will be provided to all state-funded educational institutions, including kindergartens, but special schools and alternative services will be prioritized due to the high number of vulnerable pupils.

Ministers have already launched a trial of air purifiers in schools in Bradford, which aims to assess whether they can reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said yesterday: ‘By maintaining simple measures such as ventilation and testing, young people can now enjoy more freedom in school and college.

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