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On April 6, 2020 Governor Inslee and Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced that in-person classes will be closed through the end of the school year. School wills continue distance learning, you should contact your school if you have questions.
No. Schools should clean during this 6-week closure like they would for an extended spring break. Staff doesn’t need to clean and disinfect an empty building. Schools should save cleaning supplies for when they are needed.
Public and private schools in Washington state are closed March 17 through the end of the school year. During normal business operation Washington State Department of Health recommends routine cleaning to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses.
Schools should follow standard cleaning procedures using third party certified “green” cleaners and disinfect with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectant with a claim for human coronaviruses.
Custodial staff are responsible for school disinfection. Staff should be trained to use disinfectants in a safe and effective manner and to clean up potentially infectious materials and body fluid spills. Custodial staff or the school nurse should be contacted if students are ill and your classroom needs cleaning and disinfection.
Custodial staff should sanitize daily surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as bathrooms, water coolers, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands‐on learning items, faucet handles, phones and toys.
Use Washington State DOH cleaning and sanitizing guidelines:
Schools and districts must have a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each chemical used in the school.
If custodians must continue work at schools, they should follow their school’s PPE policies when they clean and sanitize.