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Classroom Hygiene Practices

Policy Scope:

All employees

Policy Owner:

Kim Normington, Director of Finance

Last Updated:

Tuesday, October 13, at 12:00 p.m.

Cleaning supplies and use

  • Each classroom will have 2 canisters of disinfectant wipes.  These are suitable for wiping surfaces and contain chemicals for cleaning commonly touched surfaces and smaller areas.
  • (These wipes are not for use to clean hands - use soap and water in sinks or the Purell stations.)
  • Each classroom also has a PPE/Disinfection Kit, containing a plastic bucket, rubber gloves, Purerox disinfectant spray, and paper towels. These can be used for cleaning large areas.
  • Teachers can at their discretion direct students to clean their own desks by wiping them down.

Suggested timing for cleaning during the school day 

  • Wipe commonly touched surfaces around the middle of the school day, or more frequently at teacher discretion
  • Use disinfectant wipes to wipe door knobs, desk tops (students may be asked to do this, at teacher discretion), chairs, and commonly used counter tops.

Student hand-sanitizing  

  • Ask students not to touch other students’ desks, chairs, etc.
  • Students should wash hands after using the bathroom, in the outside sinks (permanent or portable), using soap and water.
  • Students should regularly use the Purell stations to sanitize their hands. 
  • Students should wash their hands prior to eating lunch.

Student masks

  • Parents will be asked to send their K-5 students to school with one extra mask stored in a plastic bag.   Classrooms will also have a store of masks in case a student does not have their own.
  • To comply with our Waiver, student masks must be stored in disposable paper bags during the day when not in use.  If a student takes off a mask, he/she must place it in a paper bag with his/her name on it.
  • A supply of paper bags will be delivered to classrooms each Friday for the following week.   At the start of each school day, students or teachers must write their name on a paper bag and place it on their desk or in the storage area of their desk.  At the end of each school day students must place the used bag(s) in a garbage receptacle.
  • As students may be moving outside to eat lunch, teachers will have a store of “travel bags” to bring to lunch.

Classroom airflow

  • The air flow and air quality in our older classrooms K-4 is optimized by turning on the fan using the thermostat control.  Chuck or DJ can show you how to do this.
  • Thermostat units in our older classrooms K-4 have been set so the fan will remain on even if the air temperature is at the desired level.  Teachers should turn the fan on when arriving each morning, Juan’s crew will turn them off at night.  This was recommended by the HVAC consultant PBS hired as the best solution for good ventilation in our classrooms.
  • The air filters (the blue boxes) in each classroom have MERV-13 filters which are best for COVID particle removal. 

Plastic dividers in classrooms

  • Teachers have the option to have plastic dividers installed or placed in their classrooms to add to social distancing. Please inform Facilities if you need some.
  • These are not recommended as they do little to control virus in the air, but some employees feel more comfortable with them.
  • Please be aware that due to shipping time the dividers WILL NOT be installed before the return of students to campus.

Questions 

  • Please send questions about, or suggested changes to these protocols to Chuck and Kim.