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More purifiers for schools

The State Government today announced it would more than doubling the number of air purifiers in schools to keep students and staff safer and slow the spread of coronavirus.

Minister for Education James Merlino said the rollout of an additional 60,000 air purifiers will begin this week – on top of the 51,000 already delivered before the beginning of Term 1, which will see a purifier in every single classroom, instead of just high-risk areas of schools.

After an open tender process, Samsung has been awarded the contract for the additional purifiers – matching the Samsung devices that have already been successfully delivered and used in schools across the state.

This winter allocation will provide enough purifiers to cover all classrooms and other high-risk spaces in all government and low-fee non-government schools by the beginning of winter – including general purpose classrooms and other specialist classrooms such as art and science rooms.

Of the 111,000 air purifiers, a few thousand purifiers will be kept in storage after winter begins to be distributed to schools whose enrolments increase or who commission extra classrooms throughout the second half of the year.

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