Going above and beyond for our children’s health & safety
We believe our children deserve the best. And we work hard to provide environments that are as bright and lively as our children, with safety at the forefront.
At the start of the COVID 19 pandemic, our attention turned to an often overlooked, but critical health and safety component: air quality.
Pathways for Children hired an outside firm to provide a professional evaluation of our ventilation systems. We found that our air quality and ventilation systems–at all of our sites–were operating at or above state guidelines for air quality. But, to uphold the highest standards of health and safety, took steps to ensure the best for our children, teachers, and staff.
The result? In our Gloucester facility, our largest service center, we rerouted ductwork, increased the capacity of our rooftop ventilation units, and added iWave air-purifying ionization units throughout our buildings. iWave devices reduce pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke and odors in the air, creating a healthy environment without producing any harmful byproducts.
In our Beverly and Gloucester facilities, we increased the flow of outside air into interior spaces, treated the return air and included mechanical filtration of the supply air at a change rate of 7.6 to 9.5 air changes an hour. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) recommendation is that schools maintain 5-6 air changes per hour (ACH).
Unlike our Gloucester and Beverly sites, our Salem classrooms are located within a public school (the Horace Mann Laboratory School). Salem likewise undertook an extensive evaluation of the air quality in their schools before welcoming back staff and students, and is in full compliance with the air quality guidelines for public schools set forth by the state.
As you can see from the picture, it was a major operation, but well worth it.
There have been no on-site transmissions of COVID-19 at any of our facilities. And we’re working hard to make sure it stays that way. Our extensive health and safety protocols along with this investment in exceptional air quality are important factors in helping us maintain our safe spaces for learning and growing.
We are proud to be a leader in children’s programming and are dedicated to providing the best for our children today, and well into tomorrow.