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Resources & Tools for Healthy Schools

With the initial shock of the pandemic in the rearview and all focus directed toward adapting and moving forward, the PBK Family of Companies has been actively assisting districts in developing strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus and optimize campuses for health and wellness. We’ve developed a range of best practices and planning strategies that promote healthy school environments and position districts to access federal and state funding.

As an organization rooted in the K-12 community, our Family of Companies has taken every step to support the school districts we serve in maximizing this funding in terms of optimizing facilities for wellness. Using funding from the original CARES Act, we performed assessments on over a hundred campuses to determine compliance with Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE), and local health department guidelines. Texas and California are projected to receive about $5.2 and $6.6 billion respectively from the new ESSER funding. Additionally, California will have the opportunity to apply for additional funds from Governor Newsom’s proposed $2 billion Safe Schools for All Grant Incentive Program.

“PBK went above and beyond in preparing our District for impact of COVID-19. The attention to detail in prioritizing the safety of health of our students, staff and community has given our District peace of mind as we navigate the complex issues of re-opening our schools. The PBK team thoroughly and systematically addressed all of our concerns and laid the groundwork for a healthier community. We are glad to have a trusted partner as we plan for the future!”

  • Tom Pace, San Bernardino CUSD

Maximize Your Funding

Our team has compiled resources to assist districts in navigating new programs, maximize their one time use funds, and reopen schools to support student achievement. See examples of funding resources here

Our COVID readiness services include:

Facilities Assessments

  • Asset Inventory
  • HVAC System Inspections
  • Plumbing Systems Flush
  • Indoor Air Quality Measurements
  • HEPA filter location and installation (MEP)

Space Planning

  • Classroom Layouts
  • Building Entrances and Circulation
  • Gymnasiums and Assembly Spaces
  • Administrative Spaces
  • Support Services Spaces

Signage & Wayfinding

  • Creation and installation of custom environmental graphics to promote social distance requirements and hand washing

Project Coordination

  • Furniture Movers
  • Plexi-Glass Installation
  • Wayfinding Installation

Financing Assistance

  • Assist the district with a financing plan associated with Consolidated Appropriations Act and Safe Schools for All funding

PBK Family of Companies has assisted over a dozen districts in assessing campuses, preparing for reopening and supporting districts in minimizing learning loss as they navigate how best to adapt the built environment in response to the pandemic. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our COVID Readiness Services, please contact PBK at 1-800-938-7272.