STREAMING NOW: Watch Now
CLOSINGS: View Closings

School district uses 'flu gun' to blast viruses

It's no secret the flu has hit North Texas pretty hard this season, but now some school districts, like Waxahachie, a...

Posted: Feb 2, 2018 12:17 AM
Updated: Feb 2, 2018 12:17 AM

It's no secret the flu has hit North Texas pretty hard this season, but now some school districts, like Waxahachie, are fighting back. Literally.

"We reached out to DeSoto janitorial supply and asked them what products they had to help us disinfect various rooms," Clyde Melick, the Assistant Superintendent of Facilities with the district, said. "And they came out with this machine and it's electrostatic disinfectant that envelopes the furniture, envelopes all the equipment in the room. We not only use them for school rooms but we use them for buses as well."

Think of it like a phaser that zaps germs and viruses right out of the air and off of the things that all the kids are touching. And it's not only a top-level germ killer, it's also a huge time saver.

"Yeah [the custodial staff] can hit eight classrooms relatively quick," Melick said. "It's relatively light so there's not a whole lot of strenuous [work] for our custodians."

"It is so helpful, we are very, very thankful for our custodial department," Melissa Bousquet, the Waxahachie ISD District Nurse Coordinator, said. "They're doing something that will help kids stay well, and that is so important. It's a great addition."

Well, it's certainly a lot cooler looking than just spraying a can of Lysol, and a lot more effective. So it looks like germ warfare has officially hit the 21st Century. And as for that flu virus--you're terminated!

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 41°
Albert Lea
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 40°
Austin
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 43°
Charles City
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 40°
Rochester
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 38°
Rain chances return
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Census Day

Image

Financial Safety Reminder

Image

Food Assistance Continues During Pandemic

Image

Gas Prices Drop Amid Pandemic

Image

TUTORIAL: How to make your own mask

Image

CG Health updates on COVID-19

Image

Front Porch Project

Image

Earthquakes in Mn and IA?

Image

Virtual School Spirit

Image

Business Owners Learn About Cares Act

Community Events