Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol for Schools

As many K–12 facilities resume in-person learning this fall, it’s important that cleaning and disinfection protocols are both effective and efficient. CloroxPro® has put together a guide to help you target disinfection, maximize infection prevention, and optimize resources in your facilities.

As you know the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we clean, sanitize and disinfect everywhere…especially our schools. The pandemic really brought Smart Disinfecting top of mind and elevated the importance of cleaning and disinfecting. Many districts also invested in new technologies including electrostatic sprayers to help maintain a safer environment.

k-12 protocol guideCloroxPro has put together a 4-part guide to environmental cleaning and disinfecting protocols that provides recommendations and tools. With this downloadable tool, you can target surface disinfection based on pathogen transmission risk to maximize effectiveness and optimize the use of disinfectants.

Part 1: Disinfect Manually During the Day.
When and where to focus cleaning and disinfecting during the day in restroom and non-restroom areas as well as in case of accident or spill.

Why: Building is occupied with people, making it more difficult to close off areas/rooms to disinfect thoroughly using technology such as electrostatic sprayers.

2. Nightly Cleaning and Disinfecting.
Disinfect Using an Electrostatic Sprayer for a Thorough, End-of-Day Surface Disinfecting to Reset for Next Day

Why: In the evening, building is not occupied with people, making it easier to close off areas, use electrostatic sprayer, and quickly and effectively disinfect potential pathogens that have been accumulating during the day.

3. Shared, Frequently Touched Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect.
While every facility is unique and may have different needs, CloroxPro has highlighted the surfaces that are considered high risk and should be disinfected.

4. Risk Assessment Tool.
A quick tool to evaluate the risk level of an area to help prioritize your cleaning and disinfecting resources to where they are most needed.

Follow these four steps to help identify and prioritize “high-risk areas” in your facility to clean and disinfect.

1. Determine an area you want to evaluate in terms of risk of pathogen transmission.
2. Answer the questions on page 14 and assign a risk level score (1–5).
3. Total your risk scores.
4. Prioritize areas with higher risk scores.

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