A Corsi-Rosenthal box constructed by Philadelphia Democratic Socialists of America for use inside a Philadelphia classroom.

Parents in the Philadelphia School District are making Corsi-Rosenthal classroom air purifier boxes

With pleated air filters, fans, boxes, and duct tape, a group of Philadelphia parents and community members are taking what they hope will be first steps toward improving air quality within all of the city’s public schools.

Some members of the Democratic Socialists in Philadelphia in America have started building Corsi-Rosenthal boxes – the DIY air purifiers that have earned prevailing acceptance As low-cost and effective tools for removing potentially hazardous materials, such as viruses and mould, from indoor spaces.

The group said the goal was to improve schools.

“Poor air quality in our schools causes drowsiness, inattention and lower test scores, and contributes to high rates of asthma in children in Philadelphia, which are twice the national average,” petition Now being circulated by the Philly DSA announces. “The 2021-2022 school year has shown that COVID-19 can spread easily in poorly ventilated school buildings.”

Over the summer, the groups built 20 boxes, each costing about $75; Most of them are currently in Philadelphia County classrooms where teachers have approved their placement. But the group has broad ambitions.

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The group estimates it would cost the district about $750,000 to put air purifiers in each of its classrooms. The school district, which has 114,000 students and 300 buildings, many of them over 75 years old, deals with billions of unmet facility needs.

These unmet needs often include poor ventilation systems. Some rooms lack any mechanical ventilation at all.

“Nobody thinks there is a DIY way to fix our facilities,” said Lizzie Rothwell, the district mother who is leading the project. “This is a necessary mitigation that we need ASAP, but it doesn’t take anyone away from the bigger problem.”

Rothwell plans to testify before the school board Thursday night.

There was no immediate comment from a spokesperson for the school district.

The campaign has its roots in a carbon dioxide monitor that Rothwell bought and stored in her child’s backpack last year as a way to monitor indoor air quality in schools during the pandemic. Eventually, Philly DSA purchased more carbon dioxide detectors and checked air quality at several schools.

Three students at the Franklin Education Center, a living magnet, used data they collected using carbon dioxide detectors as the basis for their first project. They concluded that carbon dioxide levels were high and suggested that the district needed to act on the air quality of their school, although no action was taken.

Rothwell and others thought, what if they increased in size?

“At the end of last year, we definitely felt like all we were doing was watching and pointing out problems,” said Rothwell, an architect with children at Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia. “Given that there is a known solution, how much is it to enable the district to do something about it on its own?”

After COVID-19 hit and schools closed for in-person learning, the school district first said it would use window fans to mitigate the spread of the virus, but this solution was heavily criticized. Instead, it spent $4.5 million on air purifiers per semester, but experts said air purifiers are ineffective at best and harmful at worst.

Rothwell said the funds will address more than just the potential spread of the COVID virus. Many city schools deal with asbestos and mold problems.

The group has plans to build more Corsi-Rosenthal funds in the coming weeks, possibly to work with the school community to build on a large scale.

“This is an all-out good,” Rothwell said.

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