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Disinfecting Schools To Protect Students And Staff

Jul 15, 2020

The new school year is rapidly approaching, leaving so many questions about how to handle the decision to re-open schools. However, what is clear is that there will be some balance between in person and virtual learning. We know that everyone wants to make sure that schools are as safe as possible. What can schools do to help protect students and staff as they re-open, even if part time?

Follow CDC Guidelines

Each state has the power the make the decision for their own school system, based on the current conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic in their area. But, the CDC has made some recommendations that most states are using to make the final call. Schools should consider these guidelines carefully and make plans to implement them. Some of these recommendations include:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Distancing desks 6ft apart
  • Keeping the same group of students together, not switching classrooms
  • Not sharing equipment
  • Wearing masks
  • Stringent disinfecting protocols
  • Improving ventilation
  • Installing barriers
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Staying home if you feel ill
  • Increased signage reminders

Cleaning, Sanitizing, or Disinfecting Schools?

The difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting is quite significant, but many of us use these terms interchangeably. It is important to understand these differences as it relates to school safety. Cleaning is simply the act of removing debris and dirt by washing or scrubbing. Sanitizing reduces the amount of bacteria present, depending on the product used. Disinfecting destroys or inactivates bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces, again depending on the type of product and the labeling. Always check the label for details on the types of viruses and bacteria targeted by a specific solution and how to apply it.

However the schools choose to manage in person learning, it is imperative that the school environment be regularly disinfected. Products used for disinfecting schools must be chosen carefully, applied per the instructions for disinfecting, and should not be used in the presence of children. Cleaning or sanitizing is not enough to stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 on surfaces.

Electrostatic Spray for Disinfecting Schools

Just like an office environment, schools contain desk surfaces, communal areas, and hard to reach places. Disinfecting by hand wiping takes a lot of time and leaves room for things to be untouched. That’s why a spray service is truly the best way to keep schools regularly disinfected. The fine mist evenly disperses, blanketing surfaces completely. As a result, it’s over 8 times as effective as conventional methods.

Let Virus Assassins help you ready your school for opening. Our spray service is effective against the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition, spraying is convenient. We can spray before or after school, in less time than conventional disinfecting. Electrostatic spray works well on outdoor play equipment, in gymnasiums, on lockers, and even inside buses. Disinfecting by this method is a cost effective and smart choice to help protect the students and staff at your school. Contact Virus Assassins today for more information about our service and how to get started.

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