Cleaning and Disinfecting
The District will adhere to CDC and NYSDOH guidance on cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning logs will be maintained that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning on disinfection in a building or area.
Daily Supply Inspection
- Supply quantities will be inspected daily at each building.
- This will be tracked on the Daily Checklist for Supplies. Supplies to be inspected include: face covers, tissues, hand hygiene materials (e.g., soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer), and cleaning supplies (e.g., disinfectant, paper towels, general purpose cleaner).
- A shortage in supplies will result in a building being partially or completed closed until supplies can be provided.
- The Monroe County Department of Health is providing masks and hand sanitizer as needed.
- The District is also purchasing additional PPE and cleaning items.
- Occupied areas of all buildings will be cleaned and disinfected every evening and periodically throughout the day as required by NYSDOH Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19 and Interim Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19.
- High-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected more frequently. High-touch surfaces include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles/handrails, desks, phones, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Additional cleaning will take place as necessary.
- Staff will be trained on how to safely use cleaners and disinfectants.
- Staff will be provided with appropriate PPE when required.
- Staff will be instructed to clean shared frequently 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.
- Students will not be allowed to use disinfectants and should not be immediately present when disinfectants are in use whenever possible.
Disinfection of Contaminated Areas
In the case of a student or staff member with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, CDC guidelines will be followed regarding cleaning and disinfecting the building: 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. Once the area(s) have been appropriately cleaned and disinfected, it can be reopened for use.
- 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, classrooms, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment like tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and copiers.
- Vacuum the space if needed. Use vacuum equipped with high-efficiency particular 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 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. Workers determined to have close contact will be identified and notified through contact tracing done by the Monroe County Department of Health.
- If 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.
- Adequate, code-required ventilation will be maintained as designed.
- Preventative maintenance, filter changes, and repair will occur as required.
- Any planned changes to HVAC systems, including filter type modifications, will be reviewed and approved as required.