• Procedures for thorough cleaning during flu season

    All principals | Deadline: Ongoing

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, the timing of “flu season" (when there is increased incidence of influenza infection) is unpredictable and can vary from year to year. Although activity peaks most commonly between December and February, cases of seasonal flu are sometimes seen as early as October and as late as May.

    The time is now to ensure thorough and conscientious cleaning of school buildings to prevent the spread of the influenza virus, and other viruses and bacteria that can cause outbreaks in illnesses among staff and students. This cleaning should occur throughout the day, particularly in early childhood and elementary classrooms.

    Sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, chairs, countertops, door knobs, handrails, faucet handles, phones, and toys, must be performed diligently. The attached documents provide guidelines and controls for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. Please ensure these guidelines are shared with all staff and implemented fully.
    Please note that custodial staff should always wear proper protective equipment. This includes wearing a mask when working in areas used by students or staff known to have contracted colds, influenza, or viral abdominal illnesses, or to have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
    Additionally, ample supplies of paper towels and soap for hand washing must always be available in bathrooms. Schools should not rely on hand sanitizers to help with hygiene.
    Please ensure that the education building supervisor assigned to your school meets with your custodians and janitorial cleaning supervisors regarding effective practices, including the use of personal protective equipment.

    For questions, email Alice Watson in the Operations Office.

    View other items in the October 23, 2014, Leadership Action Update