San Francisco High School of the Arts

Air Purifier Fundraising Event

Putting the Long Term Health and Well-being of Our Children at the Forefront

Air purifiers are not just a temporary fix for a temporary situation, although many people see COVID or the wildfires as temporary. Investing in ensuring healthy indoor air for our children during their school day is a permanent and valuable improvement to the learning environment for all the students at the school. Not only this year, but for years to come.

California Wildfires are Not a Temporary Problem

The number of fires in 2020 is double what there was in 2019. The smoke from the wild fires contain plastics, metals, paints, and chemicals. A size of particle from smoke called “PM2.5” (Particulate Matter that is 2.5 micrometers in size) cause the most damage—they can reach the lungs and pass through the lungs’ lining to enter the bloodstream and reach the rest of the body, including the brain. This causes multiple serious health risks for children (and adults).

Studies have shown that pollution, such as the smoke from the wildfires, plays a direct role in spreading COVID-19 because pollution particles help the virus linger in the air and travel deep into the lungs. These findings should affect our strategy dramatically.

Because of the wildfires and resulting dangerous AQI (Air Quality Index), it might be impossible or unhealthy to be outdoors even if the weather is permitting. It may be unhealthy to even have open windows or any outdoor air for significant periods of time.

Medical grade HEPA filters are capable of removing the vast majority of airborne pollutants.

Here are some more reasons why you should support this fundraising effort:

REMOVE 95% PM0.1 VIRUS PARTICLES

Medical grade HEPA filters are capable of removing the vast majority of airborne virus particles, including COVID-19.
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100% SAFE INDOOR SCHOOLING

Due to variable weather conditions, we cannot rely on outdoor space for athletics and other activities that increase COVID risk.
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Confident violinist playing his instrument and reading a music sheet, classical music symphony orchestra performing on background

PREVENT COVID-19

There is substantial and increasing evidence that purifying indoor air is the key to preventing COVID-19 in indoor spaces, including schools.
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REDUCE VIRAL LOAD IN INDOOR AIR

COVID-19 predominantly spreads by airborne transmission. Experts say the number of viral particles a person comes into contact with may determine the severity of illness. Minimizing viral load and contact is the key to keeping our children safe.

IMPROVE LEARNING RESULTS

A 2016 Californian study found that after installing air purifiers in schools, students' test scores in Math and English improved by the same proportion as when class sizes were reduced by a third.
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ADDITIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS

Reduce rates of asthma and other respiratory disorders by removing chemicals, VOCs, dust, mold, allergens, bacteria, and other pollutants.
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