Back to School Tips for a Successful and Clean School Year

By SC Johnson Professional

Summer is over, which means students, faculty and staff are returning to educational facilities that have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Germs within a school are unavoidable but following proper cleaning protocols can aid in preventing the spread of germs and harmful pathogens.

As schools continue to reopen, facility managers should take a wholistic approach to maintain a safe and healthy environment. From installing additional hand hygiene stations to properly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, consider the following best practices to help with a successful start to the new school year:

  • Keep hand hygiene products stocked: According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others.[1]   Without access to hand soap or hand sanitizer it’s difficult to ensure proper handwashing protocols, so stock facilities with soaps that remove more than 99% of dirt and germs and contain skin moisturizers to help prevent dry skin, like SC Johnson Professional Refresh Foam Soap. When soap and water aren’t available, consider providing an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that that kills 99.9999% of common germs in as little as 15 seconds, like InstantFOAM™ hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces: High-touch surfaces can be breeding grounds for germs and harmful pathogens if not cleaned properly. Surfaces such as door handles, tables, desks, chairs, and light switches should be wiped down multiple times a day to reduce the spread of germs. Facility managers can use a multi-surface disinfectant such as Fantastik Multi-Surface that kills 99.9% of germs when used as directed.
  • Follow label instructions and contact times: To properly disinfect surfaces, facility managers should follow product labels that include safety and application instructions. Some products have specific contact times that need to be followed for effectiveness. If a product has a contact time of two minutes, that means that the surface should remain wet with the disinfectant for at least two minutes. Wiping away the product before the two minutes have passed can decrease the product’s effectiveness.

Now more than ever, it’s important to follow cleaning protocols closely in order to avoid spreading germs. The emergence of COVID-19 demonstrated just how important it is to ramp up cleaning processes along with using the right products to keep building occupants safe and healthy.