Michigan School District Deploys Germ-Zapping Robot for Classrooms


May 5, 2022

The Southgate Community School District has announced it is the first school in Michigan to utilize the Xenex Disinfection Services’ germ-zapping robots to quickly destroy germs throughout the building.

The Southgate Community Schools recently partnered with Forefront to provide comprehensive custodial services for the eight schools within the district. Forefront, which also serves more than 40 hospitals and senior living communities in 14 states, discovered a rising number of Covid-19 cases among students and staff members. It decided to bring in Xenex’s UV technologies to help destroy SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Xenx LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots have been deployed by hundreds of healthcare facilities worldwide, as well as airports, schools, hotels, sports arenas, police stations, correctional facilities, and convention centers, Forefront said. In addition to Covid-19, the systems can kill common germs like norovirus, influenza and MRSA.

The Forefront team uses a LightStrike robot to disinfect large spaces within the school, including classrooms, the gymnasium, cafeteria and restrooms. The company also used five Deactivate devices, a high-powered handheld disinfection tool that can destroy germs in compact areas, such as in offices and the school’s special needs areas.

“Southgate Community Schools invested in Forefront, an environmental services company with an established industry background in healthcare infection prevention,” said Sharon Irvine, superintendent of Southgate Community Schools. “During our most recent uptick in COVID cases, Forefront brought in equipment for disinfection that was otherwise unavailable to us. It gives us tremendous reassurance and confidence to know that we have a sanitation tool of this caliber available to us.”

“We want to do everything possible to ensure that we’re providing our customers with the cleanest environment possible,” said Dan Bowen, CEO and co-founder of Forefront. “There are a lot of UV technologies on the market, but we chose the Xenex robot because it’s proven to work quickly and backed by more than 45 peer-reviewed studies validating its efficacy. The devices work fast, are easy to use, don’t leave behind a residue like most chemical disinfectants or sprayers, and won’t damage materials or equipment like UV devices using low intensity mercury bulbs.”

For more details about Forefront and its services, visit its website here. Details on Xenex and its disinfection services are available here.

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