Fort Worth Classroom Cleaning and Preventative Measures
Many Texas schools were at least partially remote in 2020 and 2021. It has been speculated that many schools plan to be fully in-person for the next school year that begins in the fall of 2021.
COVID-19 has certainly made the public more cleaning conscious. With illnesses frequently circulating through schools, it’s best to continue with enhanced cleaning protocol.
Clean Classrooms Are A Group Effort
The best way to promote a clean classroom is to educate students about good cleaning habits. For the first month of classes, teachers and administrators have an opportunity to onboard everyone to adopt responsible cleanliness procedures.
Learn these terms in the classroom so your students will be sanitation experts:
- Cleaning: Removes dirt and debris by agitating with soap and rinsing with water. Soap and friction remove most germs. This step also exposes other germs so that the disinfectant will be more effective.
- Disinfecting: Germs are further reduced on surfaces to meet health and safety standards.
- Sanitizing: Germs are inactivated or destroyed on objects, but not bacterial spores.
With everyone educated about germs and how to get rid of them, we all work together to maintain a clean school environment.
The Clean Routine
Wiping down high touch surfaces like doorknobs, desks, and chairs takes a lot of work, but when everyone pitches in, the job gets done fast. Take time at the end of each class period to have students tidy up and wipe down commonly used areas with disinfecting wipes.
Hand Washing is Fundamental
Students should be given plenty of time to wash their hands after using the restroom and before consuming meals or snacks. Handwashing is much more effective than the use of hand sanitizer.
Children should be reminded to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time they go to the restroom, before meals, and after any other tactile activities. Hand sanitizer is good to have available in between handwashing.
Handwashing is foremost in illness prevention. The CDC offers handwashing resources for schools such as posters, stickers, window clings, videos, fact sheets, etc.
Watch for Signs of Illness
Before COVID, a cough or some sniffles was not cause for concern, but now the public is more vigilant about respiratory illness symptoms.
Students and staff who are not feeling well should be temperature checked. Those with a fever should be sent home and only return to school when they are fever-free for 24 hours and aren’t experiencing any other COVID-19 symptoms.
When someone has arrived at the school with an illness, the areas they used should be cleaned and disinfected immediately.
Call SERVPRO of Fort Worth for School Cleaning and Education
If your school experiences a highly contagious disease outbreak, SERVPRO is equipped to do a complete cleaning of the facility. SERVPRO is also available to do a top-to-bottom cleaning before school starts for the semester.
SERVPRO is also committed to recruiting the next generation of cleaning and restoration professionals. Once in-person events are allowed, we are eager to do career days again. We visit schools and teach children about how we clean and restore homes and buildings with the latest in cleaning technology.
Calls SERVPRO of Fort Worth at (817) 589-1499 for a free estimate or for more information on career day bookings.