As part of the government’s attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, an Amersham school has installed carbon dioxide monitors.
Despite some initial uncertainty about how to use the monitors in the classrooms, Chestnut Lane
School has found them to be an effective tool for monitoring how effectively the areas are ventilated.
Luckily, Dr Henry Burridge, a member of the school’s parent body, is involved in the co-trace project, a collaboration between the Universities of Cambridge, Surrey, and Imperial College London that is working on managing ventilation as a COVID-19 transmission mitigation measure and is increasingly involved in working with the government.
Henry told said: “One of my son’s schools, Chestnut Lane, was aware of our work and so when they received their monitors, they asked for help. It was brilliant working with them as they quickly highlighted the practical issues associated with deploying the monitors, found great solutions to the issues and, as a result, the deployment was really well received by the Chestnut Lane staff.͟
The monitors allow staff to see where ventilation needs to be improved so as to combat the airborne spread of COVID-19.
Headteacher Mrs Rehal said͗ ͞The monitors have been a useful addition to our control measures, helping us to get the balance right between air quality and room temperatures. The staff feel reassured and are able to create comfortable learning environment.”