Mid-Del Public Schools, east of Oklahoma City, Okla., has partnered with Lumin-Air and Midwest Bus Sales to equip school buses with MERV-13 equivalent filtration and UV-C. The system continuously filters and disinfects the air recirculated through the school bus HVAC system, helping reduce contaminants and making students and bus drivers safer.
"Improving the air quality on our school buses without adding chemicals to the air that students and drivers breathe was important to us," said Mike Bryan, executive director of operations for Mid-Del Public Schools. "We chose to partner with Lumin-Air because their system does not add ions, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, ozone or other chemicals to the air."
Lumin-Air's solution includes MERV-13 equivalent filtration and UVC lights in an enclosure, which helps reduce contaminants from recirculated air while the buses are occupied. The UVC is fully contained in an enclosure and safe for occupied spaces.
"School buses have historically been the safest way to travel to and from school, but they are also the most densely occupied spaces in a school system with the poorest air quality," said Dan Fillenwarth, president of Lumin-Air.
"The safety of our students, teachers and community is our top priority," said Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb. "Throughout the pandemic, we have taken every measure to mitigate risks. Providing clean air on our school buses is critical in our continued effort to keep the Mid-Del community safe."
Midwest Bus Sales, a division of Kincaid Group Holdings, began installation of the Lumin-Air systems in July. Midwest Bus Sales has dealerships, service departments, and parts locations in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma.