Morgan County Schools plans coronavirus-fighting deep cleans for new school year

District officials say custodians will work all day on Wednesdays to make sure the insides of buildings are clean.

Posted: Aug 4, 2020 7:29 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 9:15 PM

We can show you a detailed look at how Morgan County schools employees plan to keep buildings sanitized throughout the year.

The district plans on keeping students home for virtual learning once a week so custodians can deep-clean classrooms.

District officials say custodians will work all day on Wednesdays to make sure the insides of buildings are clean. They will be cleaning lockers will an electro-static sprayer and then manually wiping down the lockers afterward.

"My husband has cancer and he's got heart problems. My nephew also has some lung problems, so they are both at high risk and my mom is, too, so it just concerns me," said Cotaco Junior High School teacher Lisa Bowen.

"We take it safe and maybe change clothes when I get home."

She believes Morgan County Schools is taking the right precautions.

"I feel really confident. I think we can keep things safe and I think kids need to get back to structure," said Bowen.

Every Wednesday, every student will stay home and learn online while custodians spend the day spraying everything down with an electro-static sprayer.

"All bathrooms, our classrooms, our cafeteria," said Cotaco Junior High School Principal Kim Crow.

Crow said a day without students in buildings will help custodians work more efficiently.

"We are able to pay a lot more attention to deep cleaning and getting into all of those areas," said Crow.

She said after high-touch areas, like door-handles, are sprayed down, custodians will re-sanitize them.

"Paper towels, wipes, bleach solutions for mopping," said Crow.

Deep-cleans are also expected after school ends on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

"It's going to be hard, it's going to be overwhelming, but we will make it," said Bowen.

District officials say there are two electro-static sprayers available at each school.

Morgan County school employees say if a teacher needs to be in the building during cleaning hours, those teachers will be screened and required to wear masks and gloves before entering.

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