Mayor Dave with CO2 Monitors for Bedford Borough Schools Image: Bedford Borough Council
 
Bedford Borough Council is to provide primary and secondary schools in the Borough with carbon dioxide monitors before the start of the new term.
 
The council said that the portable monitors will allow schools to assess where ventilation needs improvement and take steps to improve air flow. Such as opening a window or door, so that any potential virus particles from indoors spaces are blown away.
 
Adding that this is just one measure that will be in place in Bedford Borough schools to help reduce transmission and help keep students and staff safe.
 
Mayor Dave Hodgson said:
 
“I’m delighted we are able to take this proactive approach to provide CO2 monitors to schools before the start of the new term. These monitors along with other COVID measures are in place to help keep students and staff safe.
 
“Schools are the best place for students to be, but the virus has not gone away and we must all remain cautious. I encourage anyone over 16 who has not yet got their vaccination to do so at one of the free walk-in sites.”
 
When schools return, staff and students (aged 11 years and above) will also be asked to continue twice-weekly COVID-19 lateral flow testing, with two on-site tests provided for secondary and college students.
 
On 21 August 2021, the Department for Education announced that CO2 monitors will be provided to all state-funded education settings from September. This is a separate programme to the one announced by Bedford Borough.