JPS Fact Sheet: Cleaning Procedures

  • How often will classroom desks and other surfaces be cleaned?

    Classroom desks and other surfaces will be cleaned after each learning session based on current recommendations by the CDC and NYSED.  In addition to cleaning that may be required during the school day, each learning space will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each school day. The custodial staff will be required to make continuous cleaning rounds throughout the day to check each location and clean additionally as required.

    Using a minimalist approach to space usage, every space utilized during the course of a normal school day will be identified and documented by building staff.   A cleaning log will be posted in each of the spaces utilized, showing the date and time of the cleaning operations.  

    How will desks and chairs be cleaned when used by one student in the morning, and another student in the afternoon?

    In the elementary Hybrid Model where some students attend in the morning and others attend in the afternoon, students will have their own space and materials and will not share desks, seats, or equipment. If any learning spaces must be shared, desks and chairs will be cleaned at the end of the morning session and before the arrival of the afternoon group.  All desks and surfaces will be cleaned again during the existing evening custodial shift in anticipation of students' arrival the next morning.

    In the middle and high school Hybrid Model where students attend on alternating days, the desks and chairs will be cleaned on a daily basis after student dismissal to remote learning by the evening custodial shift, prior to student arrival the next morning.

    How often will high-touch surfaces such as door handles, railings, faucets, water fountains, and bathroom fixtures be cleaned?

    High touch surfaces in the utilized areas will be cleaned multiple times during the course of the day.  Every space utilized during the course of a normal school day will be identified and documented by building staff.  The custodial staff will be required to make continuous rounds throughout the day to clean each restroom and high touch areas.  The high touch areas will also be disinfected daily during the evening custodial shift.  A cleaning log will be posted in each of the spaces utilized, showing the date and time of the cleaning and disinfecting operations. 

    What surfaces will be sanitized and how often will this occur?

    All surfaces, usual and high touch will be sanitized.  High touch surfaces will be sanitized on a daily basis and other surfaces will be sanitized a minimum of once per week as recommended by the CDC and NYSED.

    What chemicals will be used for cleaning and sanitizing our schools?

    Routine cleaning and sanitizing are two distinctly separate functions.  Routine cleaning is a process in which soiled areas are cleaned of contaminants deposited during the course of a normal school day.  Sanitizing or disinfecting is a process in which a cleaned surface is chemically treated to rid the surface of viruses, bacteria, or fungi.

    For the general routine cleaning function, JPS will be using Envirox H2Orange2 Hyper Concentrate 112.  The Envirox product dispensed in two dilutions will cover almost 95% of our cleaning requirements.

    For the bulk of the disinfecting/sanitizing function, JPS will be using Diversey Oxivir Five 16 Concentrate.  The Diversey product has proven effective in killing the COVID-19 virus. Additionally, we will be using disinfecting/sanitizing wipes, specifically Oxivir TB Wipes and Clorox 30824 Hydrogen Peroxide Wipes.

    https://www.enviroxclean.com/our-products/product/h2orange2-hyper-concentrate-112
    https://www.enviroxclean.com/Portals/0/SiteContent/PDF/Literature/Efficacy%20Sheets/Absolute%20H2Orange2%20112_Efficacy%20Information%20Sheet_120717.pdf
    OXIVIR EPA Link
    Oxivir Concentrate Efficacy
    Oxivir TB Wipe Efficacy
    https://www.cloroxpro.com/products/clorox-healthcare/hydrogen-peroxide-cleaner-disinfectants/
    https://www.cloroxpro.com/resource-center/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov/#section-2

    Will teachers be responsible for cleaning and disinfection of their classrooms?

    Teachers will not be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting their classrooms at this time.

    How are we addressing ventilation in buildings and classrooms?

    The District has contracted with an engineering company to perform a district-wide ventilation study.  The results of this study will provide us with the filtration and ventilation rates that our HV/AC units can handle.  This study will tell us the highest MERV rated filters that our systems will allow and filters will be upgraded as applicable.  We anticipate this study being completed by August 28, 2020.  In addition, the District is in the process of purchasing Building Automation Pandemic Software which will increase the number of air changes per hour in each building.  The programming will be completed by September 4, 2020.

    What additional cleaning and sanitizing will occur if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

    Areas used by the student or staff member will be closed off.  Outside windows will be opened to increase air circulation in the area.  After 24 hours, all areas used by the person who tested positive will be cleaned and disinfected.  The area can be reopened after it has been disinfected.

    What additional cleaning will occur on the day that all students are learning remotely?

    During days that students are learning remotely, the buildings will be disinfected and sanitized.  Routine cleaning from the previous evening by the custodial staff will provide a building that has been cleaned and ready for disinfecting/sanitizing.