Sample ESSER Funds Grant Application

 

Description: Airflow and ventilation are an important part of keeping students healthy and safe this year.  The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have both identified carbon dioxide monitoring as a way in which to measure the airflow within indoor spaces.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, CO2 levels can be used as a proxy to measure how clean indoor air is.  Every time someone exhales, speaks, sings etc., CO2 is released into the air.  As CO2 levels rise in closed spaces with poor ventilation, so does the air exhaled by someone else in the room (aka "shared air").  Research has shown that as the levels of CO2 rise, there are greater levels of “shared air” and increased risks of transmission of airborne viruses (e.g. COVID-19, influenza, whooping cough).  Measuring CO2 levels allows school administrators and staff to get an objective, data-based measure of indoor airflow in classrooms or other shared spaces.  Keep school staff and students  safe by monitoring indoor air and acting quickly to improve air quality.

Proposed Solution: Carbon Dioxide monitoring can provide real-time information about the levels of carbon dioxide in rooms.  We are asking for XXX CO2 Check monitors, as well as XXX network plug-and-go solutions, so that we can start to immediately monitor our indoor spaces (Figure 1). The plug-and-go solutions are completely external to the school’s network, with their own WiFi hot spot, cellular service, and devices which are connected via WiFi.  There is a central remote trend monitoring dashboard on a mobile phone app, as well as a desktop mobile-ready version which can be displayed online, through a monitor, and/or accessed via QR code and made accessible to anyone who would like to follow real-time CO2 level trend tracking.


Why CO2 Check? CO2 Check provides low-cost monitors with real-time visual display of CO2 levels.  It also has the ability to connect to a completely separate network solution that operates externally from the school’s WiFi network.  Supported by a mobile hotspot with cellular service and WiFi capabilities, the network is extended using a series of mesh nodes that allows for complete coverage of the school.  No other monitor currently allows for visual display, portable CO2 devices, as well as the ability to plug and go immediately so that these networks can be shifted from school to school with ease.  Very little additional programming will be needed, and schools/parents/facilities managers, and/or superintendents can watch these levels in real-time.  Other devices have some of these capabilities, but not all, which is why we are requesting these monitors and networks specifically. 


ESSER Fund Eligibility: Per the U.S. Department of Education section of the American Rescue Plan, CO2 monitoring devices "are eligible for funds to improve indoor air quality for in-person learning."

Figure 1: Sample Mesh Network Configuration to Cover Whole School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchasing Details: All devices and networks can be obligated by the deadline of September 30th, 2022, and a purchase order can be issued immediately.  Please support our woman-owned, minority business that is registered in the SAM.gov site.  Do not let your ESSER funds go unused!

4 Options to Connect Your Remote Trend Monitoring System

  • Option 1: Wirelessly connect CO2 Check devices directly to your network

  • Option 2: Add mesh network to increase your connectivity for multiple devices (Silver Package)

  • Option 3: Ready-to-use option for small spaces (Gold Package)

  • Option 4: Ready-to-use option for large spaces (Platinum Package)

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Packages Available

 

Silver

  • Mesh Network (comes with 3 nodes for 5,500 sq ft of coverage) - additional nodes available

  • Technical Assistance

 

$315

Gold

  • Mobile Hot Spot

  • Cellular Service (1-, 2- or 3-year options available)

  • Tablet for Display

  • Technical Assistance

$1,865

Platinum

  • Mobile Hot Spot

  • Mesh Network (comes with 3 nodes for 5,500 sq ft of coverage) - additional nodes available

  • Cellular Service (1-, 2- or 3-year options available)

  • Tablet for Display

  • Technical Assistance

$2,145

Individual components also available. Call for pricing options. Does not include cost of CO2 Check devices.

School-wide Coverage

 

No need to rely on a school's WiFi network or connect devices via a school's guest network

 

By utilizing cellular service and mesh networking technology, all of a school's classrooms can have monitors that measure CO2 levels at all times.  The devices are set up separate of a school's WiFi network, so there is no need to clog a school's network or to connect devices via a school's guest network.  When levels get too high, our remote monitoring allows a staff member (facilities manager, school administrator, etc.) to get alerts that levels are too high in a classroom.