HAMILTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schools throughout Canada are taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, keep their doors open, and make sure students get a good education.
While most of these steps involve cleaning school facilities, Drew Bunn with Kaivac, manufacturer of professional school cleaning equipment, says, "administrators often forget the first step in protecting student health begins on the school bus."
Bunn means that the interiors of school busses are not always cleaned as frequently or effectively as needed. To support his conclusion, Bunn references a statement made by the National Education Association that says:
"Mobile environments are prone to the spread of infectious diseases such as colds and the flu. In addition to the number of students who may introduce bacteria and viruses when they board the bus, surfaces such as the seatbacks and handrails can also contribute to the further spread of germs. Keeping these areas clean can help prevent germs and the spread of disease."
As to how to prevent the spread of infectious disease on Canadian school busses, Dunn suggests the following:
Conduct a high-touch audit.
The interiors of busses have many high-touch surfaces. An audit helps document them to make sure all are cleaned regularly.
Increase cleaning frequencies. The insides of busses must be detail cleaned at the end of each school day.
Change cloths and mops frequently. While not recommended, if using cloths and mops, change them frequently. As they get used, they spread pathogens.
Consider alternative cleaning methods. Alternative cleaning methods, such No-Touch Cleaning® systems are faster and proven more effective at removing pathogens. Further, no cleaning cloths or mops are used in the cleaning process.
Encourage bus drivers to stay alert. If one or more children are coughing or sneezing frequently, this can be cause for concern. Bus drivers should report this to school administrators.
"Keeping our kids healthy especially now is the concern of every Canadian school administrator," adds Bunn. "Kaivac plans to do everything it can to make this happen."
About Kaivac, Inc.
Kaivac is the developer of the No-Touch Cleaning® and OmniFlex™ Crossover Cleaning systems. Kaivac, Inc. delivers complete science-based cleaning systems designed to produce healthy results and outcomes while raising the value of cleaning operations and the professionalism of the worker.