TORONTO – Citizen Care Pod Corporation, the company that introduced mobile COVID-19 testing pods, has designed portable classroom space for elementary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities in an effort to safeguard the health and safety of teachers and students as they return to classrooms across North America during the coronavirus pandemic.
Using modular construction methods, PCL Construction is manufacturing and assembling the pods by retrofitting shipping containers to support rapid delivery and installation, states a recent release. Heating, air-conditioning, including high-efficiency particulate HEPA filters for mechanical ventilation units, are standard features.
The “Education Pod” functions as a classroom portable for up to 15 students.
They are fully insulated behind steel cladding, heated/air conditioned, equipped with operable windows and have separate entrances and exits for teachers and students. Other options include UV disinfectant lighting and cameras for temperature screening.
Earlier this year, the company developed a mobile COVID-19 smart screening and testing unit to provide communities, businesses and schools with a safer testing environment for frontline health workers and the public. The pods are being used around North America and in the future can be modified for administering the vaccine for COVID-19 and other flus and viruses.
“These education pods are a solution that can help schools, colleges and universities return in a manner that is safe for teachers and students and that will deter the transmission of COVID-19 within the school environment,” said Zenon Radewych, chief creative officer at Citizen Care Pod Corporation, in a statement.