Union Public Schools use spray packs to fight back against flu season

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One of the packs Union Public Schools uses to help keep buildings clean when it comes to germs or bacteria, January 30, 2020. The district said the packs allow staff to clear a building in a matter of hours, rather than days. (KTUL PHOTO)

Union Public Schools are using disinfectant spray packs to battle against germs during flu season.

To keep their students healthy and their buildings clean, Union schools are using packs full of disinfectant to get rid of the flu, mold or any other germs a school might be dealing with.

“A principal would call and say hey we have 20 kids out today with flu. Can we get the packs over there?” said Joshua Robinson with the district. “So, we’ll send that over and spray the building.”

Schools around Green Country are losing the battle against the flu with multiple districts shutting down class for the rest of the week.

“Flu transmits very quickly and can affect several members of a classroom,” said Ellen Niemitalo with the Tulsa Health Department

Robinson said they used to only have a handful of these devices, but now every single campus will have them after seeing how effective they are.

With the addition of these sanitation packs, staff can clear a school in a matter of hours rather than days.

The sprayer adds a static pulse to the liquid as it comes out, allowing the mist to stick to whatever needs to be hosed down.

“It’ll cling to really any surface, hard or soft, and it’ll get into every nook and cranny of a particular surface,” said Robinson.

Each of these packs cost around $1,500 each.

Robinson said the district was able to buy around 15 more of them thanks to the latest bond that was passed.

He hopes it will keep Union schools healthy moving forward.