As COVID-19 vaccines roll out, families are again finding hope for the future and a return to normal. While vaccines for children will not likely be available for the remainder of this school year, the latest statistics have shown for schools following COVID-19 guidelines, in-person learning does not increase transmission of the virus in the community. As schools work toward a return to in-person schooling, the goal is to provide the needed safety measure to keep students, as well as teachers and support staff personal safe and well.
The Significance of In-Person Learning
The experts agree that in-person learning is best for students. While schools provide academic learning, for many children and adolescents, schools also deliver social and emotional learning, as well as opportunities for exercise and access to health and support services including healthy meals, internet access, and more. The coronavirus pandemic has been especially difficult among Black, Hispanic/Latino and Native populations where families depend on schools not only for education but for a safe, stimulating environment while parents/guardians are at work.
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools
As schools return to in-person learning, communities, school systems, and families are working toward keeping children safe from the spread of COVID-19. Here are the guiding steps to keep students, teachers, support staff, and their families safe in schools.
- Continue Physical Distancing Practices – Physical distancing has proven beneficial in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. For schools this means a distance of six feet apart, which includes desk placement. Recent studies have also shown similar prevention with three feet distancing and face coverings. In either scenario, anyone who is ill or symptomatic should remain home until symptoms are gone.
- Personal Hygiene and Face Coverings – Personal hygiene, which includes frequent hand washing with soap and water during the day and access to hand sanitizer when washing is not practical can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition, the CDC advises that everyone over the age of two wear face coverings over the nose and mouth in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Schools can allow periodic face covering breaks during the day with appropriate physical distancing.
- Interaction Inside and Outside the Classroom – Limited student interaction can be achieved by allowing teacher movement from classroom to classroom rather than students changing classes throughout the day. If possible, students can have classes in small groups outside the building to prevent the spread. When students are moving about in the school building, walkways, hallways, and stairways should be set up for “one-way” traffic. Lockers can be assigned by classroom or eliminated altogether.
Signature Maids’ Signature Sanitize Services Can Help Keep Schools Safe
In addition, schools should follow CDC guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, buses, and other common areas. Signature Maids’ Signature Sanitize Services can help schools ensure the proper sanitization and disinfection to keep schools safe for students, teachers, and administrators. The Signature Sanitize protocol utilizes touchless technology to apply an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfecting solution called Vital Oxide. Signature Maids’ trained technicians apply Vital Oxide with electrostatic atomizers to disinfect and sanitize everywhere – high touch areas to hard to reach spaces. Vital Oxide eliminates 99.999 percent of bacteria and viruses including COVID-19, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Norovirus, Swine Flu (H1N1), Legionella, Pneumophila, as well as allergens, mold, mildew, and more. As a bonus, the ionized, non-residual Vital Oxide leaves no residue, doesn’t need rinsing, and is safe on every surface, making it the perfect sanitization and disinfection solution for schools and school transportation. Call today and discover how the professionals at Signature Maids can deliver the custom disinfection and sanitization services needed to keep your schools safe for students, teachers, and administrators.