Florida company creates jobs, protects Tallahassee private school with air purification system

Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 17:19:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Clean air during the coronavirus pandemic has been a priority for Tallahassee schools and daycares.

Despite the changing world around them, keeping clean air flowing is a big part of Kristal Franklin's mission at Capital Prep, a private school in Tallahassee.

"We knew air quality was going to be a major factor," said Franklin.

They're working to keep others healthy and rebound from the pandemic, using science to bring peace of mind to the classroom.

It isn't as simple as filtration technology. They also have temperature checks before anyone comes into the classrooms to keep everyone safe.

On average,140 children per day remain at Capital Prep.

"So far out of all this, we've had zero cases in our building," Franklin said.

Zero cases of COVID-19 after implementing safety measures like sinks with soap in every classroom, hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building, and a new kind of air purification system called REME HALO.

"We're really happy to be working with a lot of schools, government buildings, gyms, and music venues," said Tony Julian, the vice president of Commercial Products with RGF Environmental Group, the Florida-based company behind the device.

Capital Prep installed the units in their HVAC system this spring.

The system uses ultraviolet light to kill airborne germs coursing through the hallways. The demand for the device is opening doors to 50 jobs at their operation in south Florida.

"We're working hard, three shifts seven days a week to keep up with that demand," Julian said.

They're restoring confidence to clients who continue to hope this crisis will soon be over.

"We're just praying for the best all the time," said Franklin.

Right now, Capital Prep is at 50 percent capacity to maintain social distance and has three full-time and two part-time job openings.

Julian says even with his company's product, people should still wear their masks and practice social distancing when possible.