Holy Name High School Implements Innovative Electrostatic System to Help Fight Illness-Causing Germs, Protecting Students and Staff

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio, Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Holy Name High School is proud to announce our investment in a novel germ-fighting system as an extra measure to help keep our students, faculty and visitors healthy and safe. The Clorox® Total 360® System, which combines patented electrostatic spray technology with proven Clorox® disinfecting and sanitizing solutions, was first implemented by Holy Name's athletics department to further protect student-athletes by eliminating germs that can cause sports-related infections and outbreaks.

Staph and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are common among high school and college athletes participating in contact sports.1 In fact, sports-related skin infections spread by contact cause up to 15 percent of time-loss injuries among college athletes,2 and can quickly spread to others. Studies show that between ten and 23 percent of football players or wrestlers have developed signs and symptoms of MRSA infection during outbreaks.3,4,5

"We take great pride in our Green Wave athletics and believe that sports offer countless benefits, from physical fitness and lessons in teamwork and responsibility, to school spirit, but health and safety always has to come first," said Richard Kozub, Director of the Holy Name High School Athletic Department. "We've never had a serious outbreak, but certain aspects of team sports, like close contact and shared equipment and facilities make it easier to catch and spread infections, so we aren't taking any chances."

Holy Name High School brought in the Clorox® Total 360® System to enable comprehensive cleaning and disinfecting with superior surface coverage throughout our athletic facilities, in gymnasiums, locker rooms, weight rooms, film rooms and more. The system works by charging and atomizing the Clorox® disinfecting or sanitizing solution and delivering a powerful flow of charged particles that are attracted to surfaces with a force stronger than gravity. This allows the disinfecting or sanitizing solution to uniformly coat surfaces, including hard-to-reach areas like the sides, underside, and backside of surfaces, that conventional cleaning methods might miss.

Holy Name is the first parochial school in the area to implement an electrostatic system. According to school President, Terrence Kenneally, investing in the new technology was an easy decision.

"We believe in providing an educational environment where our community of 600 students and 100 faculty members can thrive and grow, academically and morally," said Kenneally. "Keeping our school clean and healthy is essential to all of that, so when the idea of implementing the Clorox® Total 360® System as an extra, proactive measure to protect our community was raised, it wasn't a question of if, but of how soon we could start."

According to Holy Name Principal, Shelbrey Blanc, the whole staff has embraced the new system and what started out as an enhanced cleaning and disinfecting effort focused on athletic facilities has been adopted campus-wide. It is now used everywhere from class rooms, restrooms and the cafeteria to computer labs and administrative offices. Now that flu season is here, the system has become Holy Name's secret weapon to help ensure a happy, healthy end of term and keep illnesses and outbreaks at bay as cold and flu cases continue to circulate in the community in the new year.

To learn more about how the Clorox® Total 360® System and watch how the system works, visit Clorox Professional's website.

About Holy Name High School
Holy Name High School is a coed college preparatory school located in Parma Hts. OH. The student body of about 600 students comes from all surrounding suburbs of Cleveland to get and education rooted in faith that prepares them for future opportunities. The mission of Holy Name High School is to educate young men and women to proclaim the good news of the Gospel, empowering them to lead Christ-like lives, thus discovering their potential and value in the process of becoming responsible and caring citizens of the global community.

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