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No Wipes For First Graders: We Obtain Principal Email About Palm Beach School Cleaning

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — An email sent to Principals in the Palm Beach County School District is raising new questions about whether the school district has effective cleaning and disinfection policies in place just hours before “in person” learning is set to start. Among the disclosures: no wipes for first graders and the suggestion that elementary school kids only use soap and water to clean desks. But there is no discussion of how the soap and water is supposed to get to each child’s desk.

Here is the email sent to Principals that BocaNewsNow.com has obtained:


Principals,
The following update provides further clarification from the Chief Operating Officer regarding the use of CleanCide brand, ready-to-use germicidal detergent wipes, for cleaning surfaces in classrooms. 
Disinfectant wipes purchased by the District are approved for the use by children in grades one and above, however, in an abundance of caution, the District is restricting the use of disinfectant wipes to students in secondary grades only. The wipes purchased have been approved by the District’s Risk Management and Environmental & Conservation Services departments. Students who use the wipes must do so under the supervision of an adult. 
Elementary Students:  It is recommended that students in elementary grades use soap and water to clean their desktops. 
Secondary Students:  As desks will already be clean when students arrive at their first class in the morning, it is recommended that students use a wipe to clean their desktop at the conclusion of class. Students should practise social distancing during this process. Wiping desks at the conclusion of class will give the liquid left behind by the wipe time to dry and continue working before the next class of students enters the room. 
Teachers may utilize the disinfectant wipes provided to schools to clean their desks and any other classroom surfaces they wish to clean. Again, the wipes purchased have been approved by the District’s Risk Management and Environmental & Conservation Services departments.
CleanCide brand wipes facts:


  • Classified as a broad-spectrum disinfectant, effective on a wide range of infectious agents, including SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
  • US-EPA registered (N-list) and safe to use on a wide variety of classroom surfaces
  • Botanically-based, manufactured by Wexford Labs 
  • Contains no alcohol, bleach, or chlorine
  • Non-abrasive, nearly fragrance-free
  • Not Dermally Toxic
  • Not a Primary Skin Irritant

Instructions for use to sanitize a surface:

  • Remove the product from the canister and wipe for 30 seconds, then allow the treated area to remain wet for 5-minutes to achieve full sanitization. Wash hands after use.
  • CleanCide wipes require no personal protective equipment (PPE) for proper use, however, all disinfectants should be applied only in well-ventilated areas. 
  • Sanitizing wipes are now being used in several school districts to combat the virus.

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