How To Disinfect Schools During The Coronavirus Pandemic

As we settle into the second lockdown in the UK, students are still attending school, and as we all know, schools can be breeding grounds for germs and illness, especially in winter. Cleanliness, now more than ever, is extremely important to be maintained, particularly in schools. But how can schools be sure that everything is disinfected and safe for pupils and staff to return to? That’s what we’re here for, read on to gain some tips on how to keep your school clean and safe.

Increase Cleaning Efforts

Staff should be given a certain level of responsibility when it comes to keeping their individual classrooms clean on the surface. It is a recommendation to also increase the cleaning done by caretakers to make sure that thorough cleans are carried out every other day, if not daily, with a deep clean at the end of each week.

Frequently Touched Surfaces for Disinfection

The main thing to focus on is the high-touch areas within classrooms and throughout the whole school, as this will be the most likely place anything will be transferred to.

  • Door & window handles​
  • ​Light switches
  • ​Computer monitors, keyboards, and mice
  • Tablets and laptops
  • Toilets, including all surfaces 
  • Water fountains, drinks dispensers, and vending machines
  • Banisters
  • Work surfaces (including desks and tables) 
  • Remote controls 
  • Classroom resources, such as books and games 
  • Furniture 
  • Light switches 
  • Reception desks
  • Telephones 
  • Fingerprint scanners 
  • Communal kitchens or canteens (speak to your catering staff about whether they'll be doing this) 

If There Are Suspected or Confirmed Cases of Covid-19

It is inevitable that there will be suspected and confirmed cases within schools, in the event of this, you need to ensure that any areas said student or staff member had been in is deep cleaned and decontaminated of any germs that may remain in the vicinity. This must be carried out by professional cleaners that have the correct equipment, products and knowledge of what needs to be done to disinfect said areas.

In The Case of a More Severe Outbreak...

Your regular cleaners might not fulfil the government guidelines, you may need to look at a more in-depth cleaning service to get the job done.

Rainbow International offers bacteria & viral control decontamination cleaning, and have been providing this service across the UK to many commercial and domestic clients for over 30 years.

Using our specialist air management systems and surface treatments, we can ensure your school is safe to return to in no time.

If you are interested in our coronavirus disinfection service, feel free to get in contact with one of our professional cleaners today to discuss your situation, or take a look at the closest branch to you with our branch finder. If you would like to read more on the topic of coronavirus cleaning, take a look at the blog we posted on this.

13/11/20