Local district adds machines to clean the air in every school bus

MARIETTA, Ga. — Marietta City Schools continues to find ways keep students and staff healthy.

As of Monday afternoon, the district has reported a total of 87 positive coronavirus cases.

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Channel 2′s Chris Jose got a look at the latest technology Marietta is using to fight the virus.

MCS chief operating officer Chuck Gardner showed Jose the Bus Clean Air Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization systems from Custom Mobility.

The systems are designed to clean the air by using charged ions that attach to particles, pathogens and gases to break them down.

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“It’s actually been tested against COVID with a 99.4% success rate for breaking COVID down within 30 minutes and that was done on an airplane fuselage,” said Gardner. “We’re proud to be one of the school districts in the nation (to use it). It’s technology that you’ll see at John Hopkins and the White House.”

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Marietta installed the air filtration systems on each of its 67 buses.

It cost the district $78,565. The district used federal CARES Act money to pay for the technology.