Broken Arrow schools use disinfectant machine to fight flu

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Broken Arrow Public Schools is taking a new approach to fighting the flu this year.

The district is using the Clorox Total 360 machine to spray schools with germ-fighting chemicals. The spray is meant to wrap around surfaces and objects to prevent the spread of the flu, norovirus and the cold.

District leaders said the machine is faster than traditional cleaning methods and uses less solution. The chemical is not harmful and people can enter a room one minute after the room has been treated, they said.

Officials said they've seen a dramatic drop in absences since the district started using the machine. Wolf Creek Elementary School went from a 17 percent absent rate to 3 percent one week after being treated.

There are four machines being used on the district's campuses.

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