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Using Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) funding to provide clean air.

As schools continue to operate in person during the ongoing COVID pandemic, public and private schools have access to grant money to assist them with COVID response and relief. These programs can be difficult to navigate, but also provide big windfalls to help schools keep students and staff safe.

EANS is a $2.75 billion dollar pot designed to help private schools retrofit. Of that, Arizona will receive $110 million to provide to non-public schools to support COVID-19 recovery efforts.

What activities are eligible for EANS funding?

EANS is to help provide supplies to sanitize, disinfect, and clean school facilities, PPE, portable air purification system, physical barriers to facilitate social distances, COVID testing support, and other materials, supplies or equipment recommended by the CDC.

EANS I funding provided coverage for all eligible charges related to COVID safety, testing and mitigation measures from March 2020-Sept 2021. The second phase, EANS II funding still covers reimbursement for the amended eligible charges and provides funding for planned COVID related spending through Sept 2023, or when funding is exhausted. Some activities that were covered under EANS I are no longer covered.

“In the first round of EANS funding, private schools could use the funding for capital improvements such as ventilation system upgrades or even replacing windows.” Says Tom Mitchell, “These improvements are no longer supported. Private schools may be in for a shock if they submit for reimbursement without educating themselves on the criteria. Working with a vendor who is informed on EANS II funding, such as Connect-UV, can help make the process simpler.”

How can Connect-UV Help My School?

Connect-UV provides two lines of EANS-funding eligible products: UV-C air purifiers and UV-C room disinfectors. These products can:

  • Destroy the COVID virus
  • Reduce allergies
  • Protect staff and students from other airborne contaminants
  • Cut down on cleaning time
  • Reduce use of toxic/corrosive cleaning chemicals
  • Be an attractive selling point to current and potential families

 

Connect-UV’s air purifiers combine trusted HEPA filtration with UV-C sterilization. Our purifiers capture and kill the COVID virus, ensuring that no potentially dangerous particles are released into the air during filter changes, or after the purifier is turned off. Our air purifiers are attractive to schools as they are:

  1. Available in three sizes, saving costs and electricity
  2. Portability allows units to be moved to spaces where they are needed
  3. In addition to filtering COVID, purification systems also reduce dust, mold, pollen, smoke, and other sources of indoor air pollution

Our air purifiers also come in three sizes useful for private schools:

  1. Auto Air is a mobile air purifier perfect for school transportation vehicles
  2. Air Purifier Pro 500 purifies up to 557sq ft, making it ideal for classrooms
  3. Air Purifier Pro 5000 purifies up to 5,000 sq ft, making it ideal for gymnasiums, cafeterias and auditoriums, spaces were masking and distancing is often difficult to maintain.

Sanitation and disinfecting are other areas where Connect-UV can assist private schools. Janitorial staff have been among the unsung heroes of the pandemic. Working double time to keep facilities clean for students and staff, and exposing themselves to corrosive chemicals, and possibly contaminated surfaces in the process. Sanitizing more quickly and more safely can make janitorial staff more efficient and reduce their exposure.

Passive room sanitizers work by emitting powerful, germ-killing UV-C light in empty rooms. How they work:

  1. Janitorial staff set up a room sanitizer and leave
  2. The unit is activated either by a timer or a remote control
  3. The UV-C lights destroy any microorganisms within the light’s reach
  4. When done, or interrupted by movement, the lights shut off, so they can be safely moved to the next space

With passive room sanitizers, janitorial staff can sanitize rooms before they clean, or can move them around campus on recess/lunch breaks or other time when spaces are empty. The sanitizers kill germs in the air and on surfaces up to 10 feet from the units, making them ideal for classrooms.

How to Apply for EANs funding?

Connect-UV is here to assist with the registration in the Arizona EANs portal, and submission of invoices for reimbursement. Our experience with providing EANS-eligible items to Arizona private schools makes us versed in the process of ensuring you are reimbursed for your Connect-UV purchases.

Have questions on how Connect-UV and EANs can benefit your private school? Contact Tom at Tom@ConnectUV.com.

Calling all teachers- we want to give your classroom a multi-function sanitizing station

We cannot thank teachers enough for all that they do for our kids. As another pandemic-age school year begins, your safety and the safety of your students is top of our mind. We want to help you maintain a cleaner, healthier classroom with a multi-function sanitizing station.

About the size of a small shoebox, the multi-function sanitizing station kills microorganisms (including bacteria and viruses) in just 59 seconds! And has a fast charger on top for your cell phone. Sanitize your whiteboard markers and erasers, hall passes, masks, pens, and cell phones with the touch of a button.

How to get a multi-function sanitizing station:

Teachers apply for UV-C Sanitizer by emailing Nic@ConnectUV.com and tell him how you would use your sanitizing station. You can enter yourself, your whole school, or a teacher you know.

How to give a multi-function sanitizing station to a teacher:

Every time you purchase any UV-C sanitizing product through Connect-UV you will now have an opportunity to donate a multi-function sanitizing station. Normally $49.99, we’ve slashed the price of donated units to just $25! Connect-UV will cover the rest, donate the sanitizing station, and let you know where your donated unit has gone!

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Connect-UV™ Introduces New UV-C Air Purifiers

Connect-UV’s new line of UV-C Air Purifiers air to help solve the problem of dangerous indoor air quality. The air purifiers combine HEPA filtration, which can filter down to 0.1 micron, with UV-C light sanitation, which destroys the RNA and DNA of microorganisms. Combined, the two cleaning methods ensure that potentially dangerous viruses, bacteria, fungi, pollen, smoke, and dust are not being circulated in the air.

Connect-UV’s new Air Purifier Pro 500 quietly cleans up to 557 square feet, cycling the air 3.7 times per hour. The Air Purifier Pro Max 5000 can clean up to 5,287 square feet, cycling the air 3.5 times per hour. Both purifiers include UV-C light sanitation, HEPA level 13 filter, an PM2.5 air monitoring system that displays the real time indoor air quality, are wall mountable, include a remote control and ships for free within the United State.

Indoor air quality can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA. Poor air quality can wreak havoc on allergy suffers, lead to asthma, headache, irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, fatigue, respiratory disease, heart disease, and even cancer. Illnesses including Legionnaires’ Disease, flu and COVID-19 can spread through the air, while radon pollution is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

“With the Delta variant surging and school about to start, we are hearing from customers who want solutions to clean the air.” Said Tom Mitchell, Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development for Connect-UV, “Connect-UV’s new air purifiers join our line up of UV-C sanitizing lockers, carts, and desktop units, all designed to kill germs and bacteria on phones and personal items.”

At only 11.5 inches high, the Air Purifier Pro 500 is compact and powerful enough to clean the air in 557 sqft, making it a great option for homes, small shops, medical offices, classrooms, and daycare centers.  At 49.2 inches tall, the Air Purifier Pro Max 5,000 is the perfect solution for large spaces such as warehouses, gyms, auditoriums, convention centers, restaurants, and automotive dealerships. Both units can be wall mounted or free standing and ship for free in the United States.

About Connect-UV

Connect-UV is the dream of 17-year-old entrepreneur Nic Brown, who envisioned a future where phones, personal devices, and the air are cleaned using UV-C light, allowing people to stay connected in a healthier way. Connect-UV was established in 2020 in Scottsdale Arizona.

Summer Travel- Where You Can Go, and How To Stay Germ-Free

As the United States starts to open up again, on the top of a lot of peoples’ minds is a well-earned summer vacation. Yes, after more than a year of restrictions and avoidance, many of us are ready to board a plane, stay in a hotel, and spend some time on self-care and relaxation once again.

However, COVID travel restrictions can add a new layer of complexity to our summer vacations. And, now that we are more aware of just how many things are covered in germs, some of us may have additional concerns as we return to traveling.

Connect-UV took the time to research summer travel, to save you time and worry!

 

ARE COVID TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE?

Restrictions are changing rapidly based on vaccination rates and active COVID cases. It is best to check restrictions on your desired destination before you book and be familiar with what will be required of you. Unexpected closures of popular tourist destinations can be a big disappointment and one that can be avoided by a little research.

Domestic travel is much easier right now than international travel. There are a lot of amazing destinations within the United States for those longing to explore somewhere new. American territories are excluded from testing requirements for American travelers, making them a great option for families looking to travel somewhere tropical. National Parks and destinations like Disneyworld are also popular for their outside nature and easy ability to distance themselves from other travelers, but you can expect long lines and delays are many of these places as Americans scratch that travel itch. You can use this Travel Planner offered by the CDC to check on restrictions before you travel to another state. Or, you can visit your state’s tourism bureau to learn about exciting travel opportunities close to home.

If an international trip is on your mind, COVID-19 testing is required for everyone entering the United States, even American citizens returning from vacation. Additionally, many countries are closed to travel, require testing prior to arrival, or quarantine after arrival. These restrictions are changing. The EU recently announced that it will be reopening this summer, although when exactly that is happening is not known at the time of writing.

Some countries, like Mexico, Costa Rica and Greece require visitors to fill out a COVID information form before traveling. Other countries, such as Japan and Iceland have travel restrictions for visitors who have been to COVID hot spots. Many countries, such as Australia, are closed for international travel at this time. Some potential destinations, like India and Brazil, currently have widespread COVID infections, and while Americans are not barred from traveling here, the US is advising caution, even for fully vaccinated people, due to the severity of the outbreaks.

This map provided by IATA Travel is a great starting place to identify country travel restrictions.

 

HOW TO TRAVEL SAFELY:

The CDC currently recommends waiting until you are fully vaccinated before traveling, which means that two weeks have passed since your last COVID vaccine dose. If you are not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends getting a viral test before you travel, wearing a mask, distancing from others, and testing/quarantining when you return home for the utmost safety.

Most hotel chains have updated cleaning protocols for added protection during COVID, however, some of those protocols are relaxing, and many of them are unable to stay on top of the top sources of germs in hotels, such as elevator buttons and stairwell door handles. A study done in the middle of 2020 found that the average hotel elevator button has 1,477 times more germs than a household bathroom door handle! After selecting your floor, you touch the top of your suitcase, your phone, your key card, the remote to your room’s tv…

Even if you are fully vaccinated for COVID, some of these germs can be harmful. E. coli is commonly found on hotel remotes from previous guests who didn’t wash their hands after using the restroom. Gross! There are also other viruses like influenza, which can be hurled across a hotel room with a sneeze by a previous guest.

The Connect-UV Multi-Function Sanitizing Station is the perfect travel accessory to ensure your key card, remote, phone, and car keys are clean of germs commonly found during travel. I set mine up as soon as I check in, and immediately sanitize my items, then sanitize again upon returning to the room. For those surfaces that don’t fit inside the station, antibacterial wipes on commonly touched surfaces remain a good best practice at check in.

 

PROTECTING YOURSELF FINANCIALLY

Aside from keeping yourself healthy, COVID can also wreak havoc on your wallet. Travel insurance with COVID-19 are required by some nations, and can be a huge help if your trip is canceled due to illness or outbreak, or if you get ill while abroad. Forbes recently released a guide to the best pandemic travel insurance. You may also want to invest in refundable plane tickets/lodging or to book with companies that make changing travel plans easy. Nerd Wallet’s guide for COVID cancellation and change fees can help you decide who to fly with.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s been a long year and a half. We all need and deserve a break. However, unanticipated hurdles and illness can spoil any vacation! Make sure your first post-pandemic vacation is a success with a little extra preparation will allow for better relaxation once you get to your destination.

10 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice

Every year there is one day when the Northern Hemisphere receives more daylight than any other day, and this day is known as the Summer Solstice. This year, Summer Solstice falls on Sunday, June 20th. While sunrise and sunset times will differ from place to place in Fairbanks Alaska the sun will set at 12:47 a.m., and rises at 2:59 a.m. No, you didn’t read that wrong, places in the upper latitudes may only get a few hours of twilight on solstice.

For centuries, many cultures have celebrated the solstice as the start of summer. Ancient Greeks marked the solstice as the start of the year on their calendars, and the ancient Egyptians used the solstice to determine when to plant crops. Many cultures perform rituals to bring forth a bountiful harvest in fall, or to celebrate gods or heroes.

Even if you don’t have a harvest to plan for, Summer Solstice can be a fun time for families to welcome summer and enjoy the longest day of sunlight of the year.

How to celebrate solstice:

1. Plan an outdoor activity

Go to the beach, take a hike, or plan a picnic. Being outside in the sun is the easiest way to celebrate the Summer Solstice, but be sure to pack your sunscreen! As ultraviolet experts, we know the power the sun’s rays have to kill microorganisms like viruses and bacteria. The UV-C light used in Connect-UV’s products is filtered out by the atmosphere. However, the UV-A and UV-B rays that do make it through can skill harm the skin and eyes with prolonged exposure.

 

2. Watch the annual Stonehenge livestream

Stonehenge was really a large calendar. The Druids would be able to mark the passing of the seasons based on the alignment of the sun with the stones. The structure was designed particularly for the solstice, with the sun rising just to the side of the headstone on the year’s longest day.

While going to England to watch the solstice is likely not an option for you this year, thankfully the event is live streamed! With the time change, the sunrise ceremony aligns with the evening of Monday the 21st in the United States.

 

3. Attend a local celebration

Many towns, cities, etc will celebrate the solstice with a community celebration. Check your local news or your municipality’s website for information on events near you. If you live in an area settled by Northern Europeans, there may be a cultural organization that puts on solstice events as well.

 

 

4. Make a midsummer flower crown

A fun (and free) craft is to make a flower crown. These crowns are made by weaving the stems of flowers together. It’s a fun activity for the whole family, kids can collect the flowers and get help from parents to make the crown. View a tutorial.

 

 

 

 

5. Attend a bonfire

Bonfires are a traditional way to celebrate the solstice. Those close to a bonfire-friendly beach or park are in luck, but bonfires can also been made in backyards, with proper safety precautions of course. Roasting marshmallows in the late twilight is a great way to end solstice celebrations.

 

 

6. Do some gardening

With the agricultural roots of many solstice celebrations, why not get your hands a little dirty in the garden? Sunflowers are the perfect plant to add to your garden on the solstice, these hardy blooms do well in strong sun, and with their sun-like flowers, what better way to celebrate Solstice than with these sunloving plants?

 

 

 

7. Make suncatchers

When it is too hot to go outside and you have littles to keep entertained, a suncatcher is a fun craft that will provide beautiful light-capturing results long after the solstice ends. Suncatchers are transparent items that hang in windows to cast light, shadow, and patterns on surfaces. They can be made from beads, dried flowers, tissue paper, and more, making them a flexible craft that can be adjusted to what you have on hand. View 13 great DIY suncatcher designs here.

 

 

 

8. Create a fairy garden

Another good hot day craft, fairy gardens are whimsical buildings covered in plants, moss, wood, and other natural items to give your garden fairies a home. These are fun to make with kids and celebrate the magic of solstice in a creative way. Go here for design ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Sun salutation yoga

For the early risers, a simple sun salutation routine can be the best way to welcome the longest day. This vinyasa is a wonderful full-body stretch that energizes the body and, as the name suggests, pays tribute to the sun. So roll out your mat and get ready to welcome the solstice. Follow along with this 7-minute sun salutation flow.

 

 

 

10. Have a solstice feast

What is any celebration without an incredible feast? Nordic countries have long had impressive solstice feasts that can be borrowed upon to make an impressive event for friends or family to enjoy. For a successful solstice feast, eat outside and decorate with flowers and leaves, and add seasonable fruits and vegetables, like strawberries and cherries, to get the most out of your feast.

CONNECT-UV OUTFITS HIGH SCHOOL WITH UV-C SANITIZING CHARGING CARTS

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ—May 26, 2021 – Kids, electronics, and germs are almost an unavoidable combination. With the COVID vaccines not yet approved for children under the age of 12, and the Biden Administration and CDC urging schools to reopen, schools across the nation are trying to find ways to ensure safety and cleanliness on campus. One way a high school in Greenville, North Carolina is working to ensure safety is through six new UV-C sanitizing charging carts.

“The school came to us with a need to replace their aging charging carts that no longer fit the school’s needs. When they learned Connect-UV’s charging carts not only charge, but also kill germs and bacteria, the school leaped at the opportunity to incorporate UV-C technology into their charging needs.” Said Tom Mitchell, executive director of strategy and business development for Connect-UV.

Connect-UV charging carts can charge and sanitize up to 40 devices at a time. With a locking door equipped with an auto-off switch, the carts ensure that devices are sanitized safely, without risk of theft, or unintended exposure to the UV-C lights if the door is opened during a sanitation cycle. The carts clean for 5 or 10 minutes and kill up to 99% of microorganisms within 10 minutes using safe and effective UV-C light. Additionally, the carts are on casters, have serge protection, and come with a variety of charging adaptors.

Connect-UV charging carts are designed for phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and other common items. The carts are customizable to ensure that students’ phones and school electronics are always cleaned, charged, and safely stored.

ABOUT CONNECT-UV: Connect-UV is a woman-owned business located in Scottsdale Ariz. The Company sells UV-C Sterilizing equipment for home and business use ranging from cell-phone-sized sanitizers to charging carts and lockers. The company is also unveiling new UV-C Air Purifiers that can clean 500 or 1,200sqft, respectively, this summer.

To receive a quote on UV-C products for your school or business, contact Tom Mitchell at (941) 704-1888 or email him at Tom@ConnectUV.com

UV-C Can Help Schools ReOpen Safely

The United States is focused on getting kids back to in-person school for fall. Parents know that the pandemic has been hard on lots of kids. The loss of social interaction and the stress of online school can be hard to balance with the desire to keep kids, teachers, and families safe. But UV-C can help schools reopen safely.

COVID infections have not been as serious in children as in adults, however, as more adults get vaccinated, children are making up a much larger number of COVID cases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics earlier in May, children now make up 22% of COVID cases in the United States, up from just 3% this time last year!  This means that in one week in April, 71,649 children tested positive for COVID. In total, 3.7 million children have contracted COVID. While death from COVID in children remains extremely rare, some children are experiencing long-term impacts from the illness, or infecting adults who are not as resilient against the virus.

This shift in cases is making it more important for schools to ensure they are operating safely for students, as well as staff and families. Thankfully, there are several ways to ensure safety with in-person learning.

The gold standard of safety thus far has been extensive cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and masking. But will schools have the will or the resources to keep this up? And what about the air?

Luckily, passive ultraviolet light can be used to keep surfaces and air clean without as much work as chemical solutions, without the ongoing costs associated with having to supply these cleaning products, and without the potentially toxic chemicals.

How does UV-C Work?

Ultraviolet C, or UV-C light is naturally produced by the sun, but it is filtered out by the atmosphere and doesn’t make it to the surface. Which is a good thing because this short-wavelength light is extremely effective at destroying microorganisms. The light breaks the DNA of germs, bacteria, and viruses. This renders the microorganism unable to infect or reproduce, thus neutralizing the threat.

What does UV-C Clean?

UV-C sterilization has been used in water treatment facilities for decades. Just recently, with the advent of LED UV-C lights has the wavelength been able to make it into products designed to clean surfaces and the air. A study by the University of California, Santa Barbara found that ultraviolet LEDs can destroy the SARs-CoV-2/COVID/Coronavirus.

How can UV-C Help Schools?

UV-C can be used in several different applications to clean surfaces and the air in academic settings. The most practical uses for schools are:

Charging Carts: Chromebooks, tablets, keyboards, and cell phones are among the dirtiest things in schools. Cell phones are often dirtier than doorknobs, or even toilet seats, yet they are sanitized far less often. If a student is touching their cell phone, then moves to a school-issued electronic, those germs can move with the student.

The solution to this contamination risk is a UV-C charging cart. Connect UV’s Charging Carts are fully customizable and can fit between 10-40 electronics, depending on configuration and item size. The carts come equipped with surge protection, locks, casters, charging cables, and auto-off safety to ensure no one is accidentally exposed to UV-C light. The best part? They only cost 20-25% more than non-sterilizing charging carts!

Whole room surface sanitation: your janitorial staff knows that wiping down all surfaces is time-consuming or even not possible. Thankfully, there are UV solutions that can save staff time, and reduce their exposure to potentially harmful microorganisms. There are several options available that utilize high-power UV-C lights, however, the best option for most schools is the tripod-style light unit. With delayed start and remote control, this is a true “set it and forget it” solution for janitorial staff.

The tripod can be placed in the next room to be cleaned and turned on, emitting a powerful light to neutralize germs as the janitor cleans the room sanitized last. Once done, the tripod is moved to the next room, and the newly sanitized room is cleaned by staff who know the air they are breathing and the surfaces they are touching have been sanitized.

Air purification: many germs are transferred through droplets that can stay suspended in the air for hours! HEPA filters remove many of these potentially dangerous viruses and bacteria particles, but HEPA filters require changing, where they can expose janitorial staff to potential illness and infection. Our solution is a clear winner. We pair the filtration power of HEPA filtration with UV-light sanitation. Positioned on either side of the filter, this ensures that microorganisms in the air are destroyed, purifying the air within classrooms, and protecting janitorial staff.

Want to know more about how UV- C light can help your students and staff stay safe? View out Education Solutions here, and contact Tom for a custom sales proposal at Tom@ConnectUV.com.

Teacher and Nurse Appreciation

Two of the biggest groups of heroes during this pandemic year have been teachers and nurses. These front-line workers have put their lives on the line for us to ensure that we could stay safe, healthy, and educated. Every year in Early May we celebrate Teacher and Nurse Appreciation. Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 4th and Nurse Appreciation Day is Thursday, May 6th.  These days are part of greater Teacher Appreciation Week from May 3-7 and Nurse Appreciation Week is May 6-12. This period is marked with discounts at stores and restaurants for nurses and teachers, presents from students, patients and employers, and a general sense of appreciation that may be missed for the rest of the year (although we should work to change that!).

After the past 14 months, one week doesn’t seem like enough for these two groups of hard-working professionals who do so much for us in our day-to-day lives. Teachers have bent over backward to transition to online learning. In addition to educating our kids, they became tech support, had to find unique ways to continue to engage kids in virtual learning, and were a lifeline through the stress and panic of COVID.  Nurses have provided us with consistent care, whether we were going in for our annual exam, or one of our loved ones was in the ICU with COVID.

All professionals deserve to work in an environment that is safe for them. And today, that means being safe from germs. As we try to emerge from the COVID-pandemic, is there any way to say “I appreciate you” to teachers and nurses better than providing a way to sanitize personal items, tablets, phones, and the air with chemical-free, non-toxic UV-C light?

Connect-UV is proud to offer solutions that can help schools and medical facilities ensure personal safety through UV-C sanitation. After Connect-UV donated to a fundraiser for the Lakewood Ranch High School in Manatee County, Florida, the school decided to gift all 200 of their teachers and staff with a Connect-UV multi-function sanitizing station for Teacher Appreciation Day. These sanitizing stations will ensure that teachers’ masks, keys, phones and other personal items are germ-free as they return to in-person learning.

We are thankful that our education and medical partners recognize the benefits of clean, safe and effective UV-C.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day, Nurses Appreciation Day, Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurses Appreciation Week from all of us at Connect-UV.

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