Pennsylvania school district uses fog machine to disinfect classrooms

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HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (NewsNation Now) — A school district in eastern Pennsylvania is the first public district in the country to use a special fog machine to disinfect classrooms.

The fog filling the classrooms is hospital-grade disinfectant, NewsNation affiliate WBRE/WYOU-TV reported.

It spreads onto the walls, the ceiling and everything in sight with the machine that dehumidifies and scrubs the air in the room.

Altogether it takes about 45 minutes to disinfect a classroom.

The district’s superintendent believes the $100,000 price tag for the machine is worth it.

“It gives us another level of security and disinfecting power to ultimately bring our students back, maybe a little more quickly than we originally thought,” said Brian Uplinger.

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Hazelton Area School Board President Liza Decosmo agrees.

“This is a good investment because honestly, you can’t put a price on your staff, the children, on the district,” she said.

A Pennsylvania lawmaker, Sen. John Yudichak, hopes districts can use CARES Act funding to help deploy the technology in more schools.

“Hopefully, we can get school districts to partner together. That we can work, whether it’s with state government, county government, to find some of the CARES Act funding to drive our school districts, to help our school districts deploy this kind of equipment,” Yudichak said.

The fog emitted from the machine smells like vinegar, and it is nontoxic.