It’s never a bad idea to do some spring cleaning.
Every school in Anchorage School District this week is going through a complete disinfection over spring break as district officials plan for what they’ll do if the new coronavirus shows up in Alaska.
“We’re going to superclean it and every surface and toy that can be in there,” said superintendent Deena Bishop.
So far there have been no cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, and the cleaning process isn’t actually that out of the ordinary for spring break, when schools typically get a good scrubbing. But this year custodians are bringing out the big guns, including seven new electrostatic sprayers that can more thoroughly coat surfaces with germ-destroying chemicals.
Delta, American, and United are all cutting back on both U.S. and international flights. The CEO of Southwest says the virus is having a greater impact on travel than 9/11.
DEDHAM, MA —Dedham Public Schools are being proactive about addressing Coronavirus fears in the district as well as dealing with the spread of other viral infections. In a statement to the school community, the district said there has been an increased number of students with symptoms of influenza, as well as strep throat and GI viruses in February. There are no cases of Coronavirus.
BEAR, Delaware (WPVI) -- A Delaware school district demonstrated its newest tool against germs Tuesday.
New hand-held battery-powered disinfectant wands will now be used to disinfect surfaces at Kathleen Wilbur Elementary School in Bear, Delaware, spraying a fine germ-killing mist onto desks, lockers and other high-traffic areas.
"Traditionally we would have to spray it down and then we'd have to let it sit five to ten minutes and then wipe it down," said Ted Lambert, Supervisor of Facilities at Colonial School District. "With the new Protexus wand, we can actually go through and spray it down, let it sit and dry and we're good to go."
Officials with Colonial School District started budgeting for these in their schools last spring, and say the timing couldn't be better.
LEWES, Del.- Some school districts in the First State are taking precautions ahead of any potential Coronavirus cases.
The Cape Henlopen School District posted a message on its Facebook page Tuesday saying it is closely monitoring the Coronavirus disease, although there are no confirmed cases in Delaware at this time.
The district went on to say staff members will regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in hallways, classrooms, offices and restrooms. Cape also asks that parents inform their children's school nurses in advance of any international travel.
Over the past two weeks, school cancellations have been widespread due to an influenza outbreak in both Johnson County Schools and Paintsville Independent Schools.
According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s statewide flu activity report, the state’s current flu activity level, submitted weekly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is defined as widespread. This means that outbreaks of the flu or influenza-like illness cases and recent lab confirmed diagnoses have spread across at least half of the regions in Kentucky.
Demand for deep-cleaning services have surged up to four times in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. But the surge in demand has also posed a challenge for companies who are unable to accept all the requests due to a lack of manpower.
Klein ISD Plant Operations is changing the infection prevention game with the Protexus cleaning system. Protexus is a state-of-the-art device that is used to clean and sanitize our facilities for students, staff, and community members.
With advanced technology, it’s able to provide immediate infection control in outbreak situations. Each Klein ISD campus is equipped with a Protexus system to ensure a safe, affordable, and highly effective approach to cleaning.
Mansfield City School District will be closed Monday in order to disinfect buildings
Nearly a dozen school districts across Northeast Ohio were shut down for similar reasons on Friday.
MANSFIELD, Ohio — All schools in the Mansfield city district will be closed Monday "in an effort to stem a tide of high absenteeism due to colds and flu-like symptoms."
Superintendent Stan Jefferson says maintenance crews will spend the day disinfecting buildings and buses. Nearly a dozen school districts across Northeast Ohio were shut down for similar reasons on Friday, including nearby Crestline, Lucas, and Crestview.