AMARILLO (KVII) — Peak flu season is expected to run a few more weeks, but River Road ISD’s preventative measures are working to keep its students healthy.
In November 2018, River Road ISD was the only district in the Amarillo area to receive a free disinfecting sprayer to help combat the spread of the flu among their students. Overall, it has decreased flu and staph infection numbers.
Victory Innovations donates a wrap-around disinfectant as part of the “Keep Kids Healthy” intitiative. It was designed to help public schools prevent viruses through better technology.
“Specifically, we’ve been using it in our athletic department that’s where we started using it because when we received it--it was beginning of wrestling season and staph infection on the mats is a huge concern for us,” said Assistant Superintendent at River Road ISD, Andy Nies.
Nies says it was an urgent need, but since then, they have not had issues with staph infections in the athletics department-- a constant battle they try to avoid. But, officials say they concentrate on their athletic areas where kids change and spread the most germs.
“A large reduction in staph or merca as they would call it --would probbly be the biggest advantage since we’ve had this machine,” said Director of Maintenance at River Road ISD, David Perry.
Officials say there was a need for this new technology and it is working to their benefit.
“There’s an electric charge to it that actually attracts the molecule of the liquid to the surface,” said sales manager at Miller Paper & Packaging, Larry Lopata.
Furthermore, athletic trainer at River Road ISD, Christian Aviles says these harmful transmissions and blood-born pathogens are avoided by spraying down mats before and after practice.
“It’s a procees, but in the middle of flu season its not crazy to spray two or threee times a day because those harmful germs left behind—do take a toll on student attendance,” said Aviles.
Although River Road ISD has one disinfectant sprayer, the district plans to buy more.