How Schools Can Use Arc’s Powerful UV-C to Combat Coronavirus

Educators and school leaders have confronted multiple challenges during this pandemic with perseverance and ingenuity that continues to inspire. But the SARS-CoV-2 virus is relentless, and challenges persist. With new school outbreaks reported daily and the arrival of flu season well on its way, education leaders are facing increased pressure to implement effective safety and disinfection protocols, fast.

While the mandate to make classrooms and school facilities safer for students and teachers is clear, superintendents and directors of facilities face tough decisions on developing and implementing the right plan to combat COVID-19. So, what is the best approach for infection prevention? 

Schools Turning to UV-C Disinfection 

In addition to adhering to CDC recommendations, school leaders are looking to the healthcare industry for disinfection best practices. The key lessons learned from the hospital experience is that manual disinfection is not enough, and UV-C provides an added layer of critical air and surface protection that chemicals and wipes can miss. For decades, hospitals have relied on UV-C technology to strengthen disinfection protocols and reduce the spread of disease.

What is UV-C? 

UV-C is a specific form of ultraviolet light that destroys or inactivates bacteria and viruses by disrupting the molecular bonds of their DNA and RNA. UV-C light has been used for over 100 years and is proven to be one of the most effective ways to kill bacteria, viruses and molds on surfaces and in the air.

Hospitals have some of the highest disinfection standards in the world, and UV-C has been a critical part of their multi-modal approach to reduce Hospital Acquired Infections for decades. To learn more, check out 6 commonly asked questions about UV-C disinfection.   

Meet R-Zero Arc: Designed for Hospitals, Innovated for Schools

Arc, is the first hospital-grade UV-C disinfection system designed for dynamic education environments. It’s the most powerful, human-centric and adaptable UV-C device on the market.

With Arc, school leaders can:

  • Destroy 99.99% of Viruses in Minutes
    The R-Zero Arc was designed to be easy to use by any operator, in every space on campus (i.e. K-12 classrooms, teacher lounges, staff offices), destroying over 99.99% of pathogens in a 1,000 ft room in just 7 minutes.

  • Save on Labor Costs Associated with Disinfecting
    With less than two minutes of touch time required per cycle, custodial staff can be productive in one classroom while Arc is running in the other. No additional FTEs required. 

  • Deliver Powerful Disinfection that is Non-toxic and Eco-friendly
    UV-C is a chemical-free disinfection solution. Arc is safe to use around food, plants, furniture and electronics and humans can immediately re-enter a treated room.

Arc delivers critical infection prevention capabilities schools need to provide safer environments. R-Zero is on a mission to not only help schools reopen safely today, but reduce sick days, long term. As such, we offer both purchase and lease options, and Arc is also an eligible “disinfection equipment and services” expense under the CARES Act. 

If you or someone in your community is seeking the leading information on infection prevention for schools or may benefit from learning more about how R-Zero can help, please contact

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