School districts across the country have been working hard to create plans to reopen schools while protecting the health and safety of students and staff. Social distancing, mask policies, temperature checks, and other health strategies are the focus of staff and parents, so students can return to in-person learning in a safe environment.
School administrators have been working with local, state, and federal health experts to reimagine the school day from every angle. From additional cleanings to rotating attendance schedules and setting up temporary classrooms in gyms, cafeterias, and other common areas — education leaders are taking every precaution to keep students and staff safe. Teachers are preparing daily lesson plans that include social distancing and regular handwashing breaks.
Give Custodians Additional Support
To reopen safely, each school’s custodial staff also will have additional responsibilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. School cleaning during normal times is already a big job. During this pandemic, it may require the help of a professional sanitizing and disinfecting company. Enviro-Master Services is a leader in school and daycare cleaning services and can add an extra layer of protection to your school’s reopening plan.
Desktop Sneeze Guards
We know COVID-19 is spread mainly by respiratory droplets. When someone with the virus coughs or sneezes, microscopic droplets that carry the virus can be spread to people and surfaces nearby. Others can become infected with the virus by breathing in the droplets, or by touching an infected surface and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
Wearing a mask is a good barrier to prevent the spread of the virus. Some schools are also adding clear plastic dividers to desks, as an additional barrier in classrooms. However, sneeze guards also can become contaminated with the coronavirus and need to be disinfected regularly. Our wellness wipes, which are commonly used by gym owners, can be used to wipe down plastic partitions, desks, chairs, and other surfaces to kill bacteria and viruses.
School Bus Cleaning
Even before kids arrive at school, parents want to know their children are safe on the bus. So, school cleaning and disinfecting guidelines are extending to buses as well. Using a germicidal disinfectant service, such as the Virus Vaporizer™, will kill bacteria and viruses, including the COVID-19 virus, on seats, windows, and other surfaces inside the bus. This weekly treatment provides residual protection for students riding on buses as well as other high-traffic areas around your school.
Restrooms are another high-traffic area where the Virus Vaporizer™ can prevent the spread of dangerous viruses and bacteria in schools. A simple toilet flush can spread millions of contaminated water particles more than a dozen feet in every direction. Every surface they land on can become a breeding ground for illnesses.
It’s important to deep clean all restrooms on a regular basis. Our restroom and hygiene service includes a weekly deep cleaning with products containing a powerful germicidal barrier, as well as our Virus Vaporizer™ disinfectant as the final step to keep killing germs and viruses all week long. Your custodial staff will only need to wipe down fixtures each day to keep restrooms spotless.
Other High-Touch Surfaces
From desk and chairs to gym equipment and cafeteria tables — any high-touch areas in your school will need regular cleaning and disinfecting service. Especially in elementary schools, where children’s play areas can harbor dangerous germs, teachers and parents need to feel confident in your school’s health and safety plan. Partnering with a national leader in the health and hygiene industry will assure staff and parents that your school cleaning process is doing everything possible to protect students from dangerous illnesses.
Good Old-Fashioned Handwashing
School reopening plans will include regular handwashing breaks for younger children and encouraging good handwashing etiquette for older students. Doctors say it’s the number one tip for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Let’s face it, kids are not great at handwashing, but with teachers and parents making a renewed effort to get them into a good routine, that will mean your school is going through more soap and paper towels each day.
Eliminate waste and the headaches of ordering and restocking supplies with dispensers and products from our hand hygiene and paper management programs. These services can save time and money while making sure bathrooms are always stocked with soap, paper towels, and toilet paper.
Hand Sanitizing Stations
Student entrances, classrooms, gyms, and common areas are high-touch zones where hand sanitizer dispensers will help. Regular use of antibacterial hand sanitizer can eliminate dangerous germs before they can spread to students and staff. We can provide all the tools your school will need to install hand sanitizer stations around the building and keep them refilled.
Doorknobs and Handles
Finally, at the end of each day, disinfecting doorknobs, handles, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces will help prevent dangerous viruses from hanging around. Our professional-grade cleaners are available for purchase. Our products have been specially formulated with the help of scientists and chemists to provide you with the deepest clean possible.
Schools have been working hard to reopen. While teachers focus on the important task of teaching, let our experts support your school cleaning plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Find your local Enviro-Master or call 1-833-GERMPROS for more information today.