INDIANAPOLIS — To prepare for its facilities reopening to students and staff, California’s San Bernardino City Unified School District will install 3,700 Carrier OptiClean Dual-Mode Air Scrubber & Negative Air Machines to purify the air in classrooms across its 72 schools. The OptiClean units will help to improve indoor air quality for the district, as its more than 60,000 students, teachers, and staff return to campuses. This announcement comes on the heels of the recent acquisition of 1,500 OptiClean units by the Alvord Unified School District in Riverside, California, to assist with their plan for the return of 20,000 students, teachers, and staff to their 23 campuses.

“The safety of our students, teachers, and staff in our facilities is of the utmost importance as we develop a plan for their return to our campuses,” said Tom Pace, director of facilities, San Bernardino City Unified School District. “After reviewing a number of indoor air quality solutions during this process, we are confident that the OptiClean product is the best fit for our needs, and we believe the features and benefits of this product will be effective in both helping to improve our indoor air quality as well as providing peace of mind to our students, their parents, and staff that they will be returning to a healthier environment.”

“Many schools and school districts are currently in the process of assessing what steps can be taken to safely welcome back students, teachers, and staff,” said Justin Keppy, president, NA Residential & Light Commercial, Carrier. “We’re happy to be working with the San Bernardino City Unified School District by providing one part of the solution to help enhance indoor air quality. Our OptiClean units can help reduce contaminants in classroom air, and, when coupled with mitigation best practices such as frequent hand washing, social distancing, use of face coverings and more, may help reduce risks to students, teachers, and school staff.”

The San Bernardino City Unified School District serves approximately 48,000 students and is the ninth-largest school district in California. The District is comprised of 50 elementary, 11 middle, eight high schools, and one adult school.