Protocol for Cleaning and Disinfection
The CDC provides Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection with specific guidance for schools along with the Cleaning and Disinfection Decision Tool to aid in determining what level of cleaning and/or disinfection is necessary. Our cleaning will include classrooms, restrooms, cafeterias, libraries, playgrounds, and busses. The guidance provides a general framework for cleaning and disinfection practices. We ensure that all health, safety, and security measures are being implemented when entering a district building. Employees, Students and Visitors entering a building will be approached by SGI staff and informed of any screening procedures/safety protocols that must be followed prior to entrance into a school.
Springville-Griffith will conduct regular cleanings and disinfection of the facilities as indicated below:
- Areas considered high-risk will be disinfected between each individual’s usage. This would include work areas, bus seating, cafeteria seating and other commonly used locations.
- If used with a cohort, cleaning and disinfection will take place between cohorts.
- Continual cleaning and disinfection of high touch areas (door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains, electronics, shared objects) will take place throughout the day by cleaning staff whenever possible.
- Deep cleaning of instructional spaces, restrooms and large group areas will take place at the conclusion of each scheduled school day.
Cleaning will be rigorous and ongoing following CDC, NYSED and County Health Guidelines. Custodial staff will keep on file a daily cleaning log documenting date, time, and scope of cleaning for each building.
- The district will continue to utilize the same instructional spaces as utilized in the past to stay in current compliance/standing with NYS Fire Code. If a change to the instructional/usage is needed the district will follow the current guidelines.
- The district will determine and produce new procedures for emergency drills that will include social distancing for students and staff. This would include traffic flow and wearing masks in a safety zone area that may not allow for social distancing. The district will design this work with members of our district-wide safety committee.
- Lead-In-Water testing was previously conducted throughout the district. The district will continue to mark any faucet/receptacle with potable/non potable signage. Students and staff should continue to utilize the filtered drinking fountains in each building.
- All district installed Alcohol-based Hand-Rub Dispensers are compliant with Section 5705.5 of the NYS Fire Code.
- The district plans on using only existing space within our facilities.
- The district does not have any new building scheduled for the duration of the 2020-21 school year.
- The district will use a combination of the square footage calculator provided by NYS and a visual assessment of each instructional space to determine the maximum occupancy for instruction. If using a hybrid instructional model 2-3 (two day in-person and three at home instruction) the square footage will be maximized by having only ½ of a grades cohort in attendance. (current seating/classroom cabinets and tables will impact the square footage available for instructional numbers)
- The district plans on using the existing toilets and sink fixtures within our facilities. Frequent cleaning within these facilities will take place throughout the school day. All toilets and sinks meet the minimum standard of the BCNYS code(s).
- Students and staff will be encouraged to use the refilling stations rather than drink from the fountains. Students and staff are encouraged to bring prefilled personal bottles from home for consumption.
- The buildings and grounds staff will ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible such as by opening windows and doors, unless they pose a safety or health risk to students using the facility. District ventilation systems are monitored via a computer system by the head of facilities and head custodian for each building on a regular basis.
Our cleaning and disinfecting of all schools follow the CDC guidance. Our cleaners and custodians have been instructed to clean every space as if there was someone in it who finds out they’re COVID-19 positive, including using their own protective equipment to stay safe. This cleaning protocol is extensive and is part of the reason for our Monday/Tuesday, Wednesday Remote for All, Thursday/Friday schedule. In this way, all spaces can be deep cleaned between the Monday/Tuesday cohort of students and the Thursday/Friday cohort of students. We may have designated spaces in each building that are deep cleaned first on Wednesdays to provide a space for students who have connectivity and/or resource issues to come to campus on Wednesdays to provide equitable access.
DETAILED DAILY CLEANING PROCEDURES
- Occupied areas of all buildings will be cleaned and disinfected every evening and throughout the day.
- High-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected more frequently. Additional cleaning will take place as necessary.
- A log will be signed daily by the head custodians.
- A log will be kept of all cleaning done as the result of a positive case of COVID-19.
- Employees will be instructed to frequently clean shared used high-touch items before and after each use. A cleaner and disinfectant will be available. When a cleaner or disinfectant is not appropriate, a hand-sanitizing station and/or gloves will be provided.
- Disinfectants provided will be on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.
- Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
- Disinfection using US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved disinfectants against COVID-19. Where disinfectants are used, products should be registered with EPA and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is important.
- We will identify cleaning and disinfection frequency for each facility and area type; and we will maintain logs that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection in a facility or area.
- We have a schedule for cleaning and/or changing heating/air conditioning system filters. Opening windows, if it can be done safely, and conducting classes outdoors are other strategies to increase airflow.
- We will follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection of electronic devices such as laptops, iPads or Chromebooks, keyboards and computer mice, etc., between use.
- Playgrounds will be cleaned per CDC guidance.Shared athletic/gym equipment (e.g., balls, protective gear) will be cleaned between use per manufacturer’s directions.
DISINFECTION OF CONTAMINATED AREA
In the case of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, CDC guidelines will be followed regarding cleaning and disinfecting the building or facility if someone is sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html
- Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
- The building does not necessarily need to close operations if affected areas can be closed.
- Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
- Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. ○ Disinfectants used must be listed on EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.
- Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and copiers.
- Vacuum the space, if needed. Use a vacuum equipped with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, if available.
- Do not vacuum a room or space that has people in it. Wait until the room or space is empty to vacuum, such as at night for common spaces, or during the day for private rooms.
- Consider temporarily turning off room fans and the central HVAC system that services the room or space, so that particles that escape from vacuuming will not circulate throughout the facility.
- Once an area has been appropriately disinfected, it can be opened for use.
- Workers without close contact with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection.
- If it is more than seven days since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
- Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.