Your students and teachers are taking a well-earned break, recharging, and relaxing over the 6 weeks holidays. However, come September the government have announced that all students will be returning to school. With the threat of COVID-19 still looming large it is vital you take steps to stop the spread of germs next term.
We have created this blog to offer our recommendation on the 6 simple steps you can take to minimise the chance of spreading the Coronavirus.
Step 1: A deep, intensive clean
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, more frequent cleaning has become common practice for establishments that are open and operating as normal. Cleaning is now more essential than ever in the fight to help stop the spread of harmful virus’s and germs.
As a school, it is a necessity to perform a deep, intensive clean of the entire premises prior to reopening your doors to your students and staff. This should include surfaces, touch points, walls, and equipment. You should also perform a deep clean of your premise on a more regular basis to stop the build up of germs and bacteria around the building.
It is vital as a deep clean will not only kill any harmful germs, but also help prevent any new ones settling on surfaces and touchpoints. The electrostatic sprayer is a great example of a deep clean method that does exactly this.
Step 2: Set up hand hygiene stations
Hand hygiene is going to be crucial in helping stop the spread of germs next term in your school. Young students and staff should have plenty of opportunities to clean their hands during the school day. This should include when they are moving around the building and when they are in the classrooms. It should also be intensified in busy areas including receptions and canteens.
You can achieve this by setting up hand hygiene stations around your school. Work out the most populated areas around your building and areas that have high foot traffic. You can also buy supplies to create hand hygiene stations in each individual classroom to allow students and teachers to sanitise when they enter and leave.
Step 3: Set up social distancing
Unfortunately, due to the age of many students, social distancing is seen as a difficult practice to introduce. It will often be the case that children forget about staying a metre apart from their friends.
To help ensure that your students are following the social guidelines as much as possible, you should install social distancing prompts around your school. This can include floor stickers to keep students apart when in queuing for toilets or for the canteen. You can also put up visual posters around the school’s walls to help remind the students throughout the day.
Step 4: Review your wash-rooms
Your wash-room facilities will help keep the spread of germs to a minimum. Of course, toilets are a place that are at high risk of spreading germs and virus’. Before reopening, you should perform a check and make sure that all equipment is fitted and working correctly. This will include toilets, urinals, sinks, soap dispensers, and hand dryers.
Hand hygiene should also be a priority within the wash-rooms. To promotes this to young students we advise placing hand washing guides above the sinks. Visit our blog to understand how you should be washing your hands.
Step 5: Educate the students and staff
A simple step to help stop the spread of germs next term will be to educate your students and staff as much as possible throughout the term. Before anyone returns, you can put informational posters to outline the COVID-19 best practices by the government. This can include not touching your nose or mouth and sneezing into your elbow. If you create a wealth of resources that educate the people within your school, you will have the best chance of stopping the spread of the virus.
Once you have students and staff on the premises you can arrange education assemblies to reinforce the best practices around COVID-19. These can be relayed to your staff and then pass onto the students in the classrooms.
Step 6: Check you have everything you need
The final step to help stop the spread of germs throughout your school next term is ensuring you have all the equipment and supplies you need to keep everyone safe. This includes:
- PPE for staff
- Cleaning supplies
- Hand sanitiser
If you fail to prepare for the reopening of your school, you will not be giving yourself the best chances of stopping the spread of germs. By ensuing you have everything you need you will be able to comfortably manage the situation to the best of your ability.