Lee Schools shares how they plan to sanitize schools this year

Posted at 7:33 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 21:40:48-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Lee County Schools gave an inside look at its plan to clean classrooms this year.

They’re upgrading systems to give students and staff clean air and their using a special machine to kill germs.

When students file into their socially-distanced classrooms, custodial staff will be right there with them.

Building Services Supervisor Tammy Rodriguez Garcia says they’ll be sanitizing counter tops, and desks throughout the day.

“We’re really cleaning everything. The door, the door knobs. And we’re cleaning on a more frequent basis,” she said.

The district is also upgrading a few systems they already have in place to keep schools clean.

The head of air quality for the school district, Jimmy Thompson, walked Fox 4 through their updated air system.

“We’re bringing fresh air in, so we can blend that air. Keep the CO2 levels down. That’s what we monitor to make sure that fresh air is in those classrooms.”

On top of bringing in more fresh air every hour, they also changed their filter system going from changing air filters every 90 days to very month.

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, maintenance will bring in a machine to fog or deep clean the entire school building.

“My purpose of bing here is to keep the students safe, and the staff safe, and keep them here,” said Thompson. “If I can do that via routine maintenance fogging, bringing in more fresh air, that’s the whole goal.”

The fog machine is filled with the disinfectant Bioesqu. The district purchased five thousand gallons of the solution to be able to fog as a preventative measure once a week.

They’re also planning to replace their 1,365 water fountains with touchless fountains for students to fill up water bottles by before school starts in a few weeks.

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