Cleaning and Maintenance

Last Updated: 8/27/2021 8:30 PM

 

Cleaning and Maintenance

It will be important for all of us to understand that in order to keep our buildings clean it will take a collective effort from every member of the district. To put all the cleaning efforts on custodial staff is not practical during this pandemic. Please understand the importance of a collective effort as we keep our facilities clean and safe.

 

 

 

 


Below are a series of requirements, recommendations, and considerations for our schools to re-open their campuses for in-person instruction. These should be read in conjunction with all federal, state, and local regulations, as well as school reopening guidance from the State and federal level.

The requirements in this document are actions that our local school district feels are necessary from the guidance that the Governor and the Flathead County Health Department are requesting schools to follow as they resume in-person instruction. In accordance with Kalispell Public Schools’s Pandemic Operational Phases, only those items labeled “requirements” in this document must be in place at our schools to proceed with in-person instruction.

The recommendations in this document are additional measures that the school can take to protect the health and safety of students, staff and the community. Because of the uniqueness of our schools, not all recommendations can be implemented at all locations. Federal, state or local public health officials' recommendations are also considered and presented in this document.

The guidance in this document reflects the best judgment of Kalispell Public Schools as to the practices that schools should follow and takes into account local conditions and considerations.

Requirements
● Multiple times a day, clean and disinfect touched hard surfaces (e.g., tables, desks, chairs, door handles, light switches, phones, copy/fax machines, bathroom surfaces, toilets, countertops, faucets, drinking fountains, and playground equipment) and shared objects (toys, games, art supplies, books) pursuant to CDC guidance. See: Cleaning and Disinfecting ICleaning and Disinfecting II
● High school and middle school students will sanitize their learning space upon entering each classroom, each period, each day.
● Depending on the content area, additional sanitizing protocols will be established and followed.

Recommendations
● When choosing cleaning products, use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved list of products and follow product instructions.
● Ensure proper ventilation during cleaning and disinfecting. Introduce fresh air as much as possible, for example, by opening windows where practicable.
● After an illness, limit access to areas used by the sick person (e.g., a student’s desk or a staff member’s office) until cleaned and disinfected.

Considerations
● Limit use of items that are difficult to clean and sanitize.
● Establish a cleaning and disinfecting schedule to avoid both under and over use of cleaning products.

 

For more information about our plan to reopen schools, view the pandemic operational guidance overview.

If you have additional general questions, please contact us at hillm@sd5.k12.mt.us. If you have specific questions for a certain school, please contact the school's principal.