Childcare Uses Science to Keep Students Safe
The Bridge Learning Center of Carrollton, Mirror Lake Academy and Bay Springs Academy of Villa Rica, Stonebridge Academy in Bremen and Luella Academy of McDonough Use Science to keep Students Safe
All five of the The Bridge Learning Center’s
Fight Germs with
Eco-Friendly, Chemical-Free ZONOTM
The height of the cold and flu season is at hand, but ask any child care center and they’ll tell you germs know no season. Regular sanitizing is essential to keep kids and teachers healthy but, until now, involves chemicals or extreme-heated water requiring long drying times. In addition, items like cots, costumes, plush toys, wooden blocks, crayons and markers are unable to be sanitized through these traditional methods.
As effective as bleach and other chemical sanitizers, the ZONOTM uses ozone and humidity to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standard for killing 99.9% of common bacteria* and common viruses+ on all types of surfaces, including norovirus, staph, MRSA, and more. Ozone is recognized as an efficient sanitizing agent by the USDA, EPA, CDC, and the World Health Organization.
The Bridge Learning Centers is the first childcare company in Georgia to install and use the ZONO in all its centers. “This revolutionizes the way we sanitize,” says President Thad Joiner. “We are now able to sanitize any and all items our children use without chemicals. With the ZONO, we can offer our parent’s additional reassurance of a healthy and safe environment for their children.”
The ZONO is the size of a refrigerator and items are simply loaded onto carts, wheeled into the appliance and, after a short 30-minute cycle, sanitized, dry and ready for play. The ZONO uses less than eight ounces of water per day and costs less than three cents per cycle to operate. The ZONO gives facilities required to meet EPA sanitizing standards, such as child care centers, a new, eco-friendly and safe option.
"Once we installed the ZONO we experienced a lower rate of illness in both children and their staff compared to their other centers, reducing sick days for teachers and time off for parents who need to stay home with a sick child". By early 2014, Zono has been installed in all 5 Bridge Learning centers across the Atlanta area. Neel Sengupta Scallions VP Franchise Operations says “we moved quickly to add the ZONO into all of our centers once we saw the results at our test center.”
The ZONO was developed by Atlanta-based engineer after staph infected members of his son’s lacrosse team. “The infection was sourced to sports equipment that couldn’t be sanitized through washing or chemicals,” says ZONOsanitechTM President and Chief Technical Officer Walter Mann. “I set out to find a better way.” After several years of research and prototypes, the ZONO was born.
Scallions has five centers in the Atlanta metro area. “We were thrilled that ZONO is headquartered in Norcross just a few miles from our centers and the equipment is manufactured domestically,”
The Bridge Learning Center Locations:
Bay Springs Academy
501 Bay View Drive
Villa Rica, GA 30180
Mirror Lake Academy
1995 Mirror Lake Boulevard
Villa Rica, GA 30180
115 Stonebridge Boulevard
Bremen, GA 30110
235 Walker Drive
McDonough, GA 30253
The Bridge Learning Center
259 Tom Reeves Drive
Carrollton, GA 30117
MEDIA: Interviews with parents and business owners and demonstrations of the ZONOTM, are available upon request. Contact Walter Mann at (cell) 404-394-2232 or (email) firstname.lastname@example.org.