ASCL comment on carbon dioxide monitors for schools

21/08/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government’s plan to provide schools and colleges with carbon dioxide monitors.
 
Commenting on the government’s plan to provide schools and colleges with carbon dioxide monitors, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We have repeatedly called for government investment in ventilation systems for schools and colleges to help tackle the risk of coronavirus transmission, and we are therefore pleased that there is finally a plan to do something practical about this issue by providing carbon dioxide monitors. In truth, this equipment should have been in place ready for the start of the autumn term, and arguably a lot earlier in the crisis, but it is a case of better late than never.
 
“Government guidance to schools and colleges on reducing the risk of coronavirus transmission highlights the importance of keeping spaces well ventilated, but doesn’t go much further than recommending that windows should be opened to improve natural ventilation. This is challenging in the depths of a British winter and does not make for an environment which is conducive to learning. Our understanding is that carbon dioxide monitors will indicate when spaces need ventilating thereby reducing the need to keep windows open all the time.
 
“This is an important and reassuring step in the right direction. Now we reiterate our call for the government to ensure that high-quality ventilation equipment is made available to schools and colleges where it is needed as soon as possible.”