The COVID-19 pandemic sparked a significant shift in our lives, compelling us to actively prevent the spread of infection and keep individuals safe. Our educational system can benefit from the work of multiple national and international organizations with specific recommendations for proper hand sanitizing, personal protective equipment, and physical distancing. To help schools navigate this new terrain, School Outfitters has compiled a list of five essentials to support social distancing and safety measures.
#1 UV Disinfection Lights
Schools and other organizations can use the same short-wave radiation that hospitals have used for decades to eliminate microorganisms like bacteria and viruses. UV cabinets sanitize stored items like devices and goggles and portable UV wands clean common touchpoints like keyboards, railings, and handles.
High-traffic areas like school entrances, hallways, and cafeterias need tight regulation in order to maintain social distancing. Stanchions with retractable belts, ropes and poles manage the flow of traffic, control the number of students in a space and create stops for observation and monitoring.
#3 Acrylic Dividers
These clear barriers convert tables, desks, and other collaborative spaces into individual work areas. Transparent dividers promote social distancing while promoting shared learning experiences.
#4 Hand Sanitizing Stations
Constant access to hand sanitizer is a critical line of defense for infection control. This is especially important in busy hallways, entrances, gyms, sports facilities, changing areas and inside classrooms. Wall-mount units let students find sanitizer in permanent locations. Free-standing units, individual bottles and mobile carts can be moved wherever they are needed.
#5 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Items like face masks, goggles, gloves, and face shields safeguard the wearer and those around them from the spread of infection by touch contamination and air transmission. Many PPEs can be worn over and over if properly sanitized with equipment like UV disinfection lights.