Exton Region Chamber of Commerce

Collegium Charter School Commits to GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program

March 9, 2021
Written by: Laurie Ryan

Exton, PA: Collegium Charter School (CCS) has announced its commitment to become Pennsylvania’s first K-12 school to achieve Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation, the cleaning industry “gold standard” for facility preparedness. This prestigious accreditation is achieved by following rigorous cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention protocols developed by GBAC and its parent company, ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.

According to Mr. Bill Duffy, CCS’s Director of Operations, by pursuing GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation, “CCS will secure third-party validation that our school follows strict protocols for biorisk situations, clearly demonstrating CCS’s preparedness and commitment to safe operations for our students, staff, and community both during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.”

Ms. Patricia Olinger, GBAC’s Executive Director, stated, “GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation empowers facility owners and managers to assure workers, customers, and key stakeholders that they have proven systems in place to maintain clean and healthy environments.”

“Achieving GBAC Star Facility Accreditation—the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation—will involve diligent training in core facility preparedness elements,” said Duffy.

“These include operating procedures, risk assessment strategies, facility personnel training, emergency preparedness, and response measures. The accreditation will verify that Collegium Charter School implements the best practices recommended to prepare for, respond to,
and recover from outbreaks and pandemics, and we are very pleased to pursue it.”

To learn more about GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation, visit the organization’s website at www.gbac.org.

About Collegium Charter School

Collegium Charter School is a tuition-free, independent K-12 public school offering families a choice for their children’s elementary and secondary education. Collegium Charter School’s mission is to educate students to reach their fullest academic potential, while simultaneously engaging them in the  strives to empower students to become productive global citizens as they embrace their authentic selves and determine their pathway to success. For more information about Collegium Charter School, visit www.collegiumcharter.com.

About GBAC, a Division of ISSA

Composed of international leaders in the field of microbial-pathogenic threat analysis, mitigation, training, guidance, accreditation, certification, crisis management assistance and leadership to government, commercial and private entities looking to mitigate, quickly address and/or recover from biological threats and real-time crises. The organization’s services include biorisk management program assessment and training, Forensic Restoration® response and remediation, the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation program, training and certification of individuals and consulting for building owners and facility managers. For more information, visit www.gbac.org.

About ISSA

With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners and associated service members—ISSA is the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment and an improved bottom line.

Headquartered in Northbrook, Ill., USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Whitby, Canada; Parramatta, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. For more information about ISSA, visit www.issa.com or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.

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