More than 600 air purifiers were recently donated to Lassen County schools. Photo from Susanville School District

More than 600 air purifiers donated to Lassen County schools

A donation of air purifiers is helping Lassen County schools during times of wildfires and COVID.

According to a statement, Levoit, an air purifier brand in the US, recently donated 603 air purifiers to Lassen County schools to support communities across Northern California currently suffering in the wake of California’s raging wildfire season. Lassen County is one of the five counties most greatly impacted by the Caldor Fire and Dixie Fire, which is said to be California’s second-largest wildfire in modern history.

“Our public schools in Lassen County have been unduly impacted over the past three years by abnormal fire seasons,” said Jason Waddell, Superintendent at Susanville School District. “Wildfires in the north state have brought about unsafe air quality that has jeopardized our ability to create a healthy learning environment in our classrooms. Levoit air purifiers are an invaluable tool to help our staff provide safe, healthy classrooms for optimized student learning.”

The Susanville School District shared it was contacted near the end of August about the donation, and worked with superintendents throughout the county to make requests.

To ensure the students and faculty are met with clean air quality and a healthy environment, Levoit donated 316 Vital 100 air purifiers and 287 LV-H134 air purifiers. These top-rated air purifiers trap 99.97 percent of airborne particles and pollutants, such as pet dander, pollen, mold spores, and dust, and feature a custom High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter to help neutralize smoke and fumes.

The donation quantity and purifier type were determined by the school district’s needs, with student safety and energy efficiency identified as top priorities. The Vital 100 has a low operating cost and can run twenty-four hours a day for only $1.66 a week, allowing teachers to keep their air purifiers operating throughout times of high pollution, such as wildfire season. The Vital 100 can clean the air in a 500 square-foot room in as little as 30 minutes and can operate at a low volume of 23 decibels, providing protection to students and school staff with no disruptions to their learning.

“School systems in Northern California are struggling to navigate a safe return to in-person learning as they face one of the worst wildfire seasons to date; this is on top of having to take measures to mitigate against the continued spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant challenging schools nationwide,” said Grace Yang, Founder, Chairperson, CEO, and Executive Director of parent company VeSync. “We are committed to helping schools and communities at large to create a healthy, learning environment for children through access to clean air. The Levoit air purifiers will give peace of mind to both the students and faculty by providing clean air through the removal of harmful airborne pollutants, viruses, and bacteria.”

The LV-H134 purifier model Levoit also donated is ideal for larger classrooms as it can clean the air in a 1,170 square-foot room in as little as 30 minutes. Similar to the Vital 100, the LV-H134 is equipped with a three-stage HEPA filtration system and is energy-star certified with a low cost of operation. Additionally, the LV-H134 gives real-time readings of PM2 and automatically adjusts the fan speed to maintain the desired air quality at all times.

“These air purifiers will also sustain our efforts to fight the COVID-19 Delta variant throughout the school year, providing staff, students and parents an additional layer of security in keeping the air in our classrooms free of germs. As a community, we are extremely grateful for the partnership we’ve developed with Levoit,” added Waddell.