Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Reopening of SantaClaraCounty K12 Schools

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June 30, 2020 Page 13 Considerations • Consider installing additional temporary handwashing stations at all school entrances and near classrooms to minimize movement and congregation in bathrooms. C. Cleaning and Maintenance Requirements • At least daily, and more frequently if feasible, clean and disinfect frequently touched hard surfaces (e.g., tables, desks, chairs, door handles, light switches, phones, copy/fax machines, bathroom surfaces (toilets, countertops, faucets), drinking fountains, and playground equipment) and shared objects (toys, games, art supplies, books) pursuant to CDC guidance. See: o Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility • Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes Recommendations • When choosing cleaning products, use those approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list "N" and follow product instructions. Choose asthma-safer ingredients (hydrogen peroxide, citric acid or lactic acid) whenever possible and avoid products that mix these ingredients with peroxyacetic (paracetic) acid, sodium hypochlorite (bleach) or quaternary ammonium compounds, which can exacerbate asthma. • Provide employees training on manufacturer's directions, on Cal/OSHA requirements for safe use and as required by the Healthy Schools Act, as applicable. • Ensure proper ventilation during cleaning and disinfecting. Introduce fresh outdoor air as much as possible, for example, by opening windows where practicable. When cleaning, air out the space before students arrive; plan to do thorough cleaning when students are not present. If using air conditioning, use the setting that brings in fresh air. Replace and check air filters and filtration systems to ensure optimal air quality. • Ensure that all water systems are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires' disease and other waterborne diseases. • After an illness, limit access to areas used by the sick person (e.g., a student's desk or a staff member's office) until cleaned and disinfected. Considerations • Limit use of items that are difficult to clean and sanitize. • Establish a cleaning and disinfecting schedule to avoid both under- and over-use of cleaning products.

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