Are You Making This Deadly Mistake by Opening Schools Back Up?

by | Aug 28, 2020 | disinfectant, schools

This school year, students are quite literally risking their lives for an education, and teachers are doing the same as they head to work each day. If you’re planning on opening schools back up, one single flaw in your safety plan could become a deadly mistake. 

Unfortunately, scientists simply don’t have all the answers to COVID-19, yet. Because we’ve never experienced a pandemic of this scale before, no amount of time spent carefully crafting and reviewing your safety plan will ensure the perfect method. 

With all the confusion and uncertainty surrounding this virus, there’s one thing that scientists know for sure: 

The Coronavirus can be killed with traditional disinfectant (so long as it’s left to dry for the proper amount of time).

As of now, disinfectant, masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing policies are some of the only protections available to protect our students and teachers from the Coronavirus.

We know that your brain is probably burning with all the knowledge you’ve obtained about how to properly wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance over the past five months. But what exactly do you know about disinfecting surfaces? 

While this may seem like a mindless task, there’s actually much more to disinfecting a classroom than you may realize, and proper disinfection techniques are now more important than ever before.

How to properly disinfect a classroom

Contrary to popular belief, disinfecting is not as easy as spraying Lysol over your surfaces and continuing on with your day. According to the manufacturer, proper disinfection requires:

  1. Thorough cleaning of the surfaces prior to spraying the disinfectant
  2. Waiting for the surfaces to dry
  3. Spraying or wiping down the surfaces again with your desired disinfectant
  4. Waiting for the disinfectant to dry for the recommended time as stated by the manufacturer

Unless you’re carefully following these steps, any disinfectant is virtually useless. As a matter of fact, Lafayette Parish School System is currently under fire for supplying teachers with a “disinfectant” that takes 10 minutes to dry and having them apply during the 5 minutes between classes.

The wrong disinfectant can be the difference between life and death. Because this disinfectant is unable to dry for the full time as recommended by the manufacturer, it’s ineffective. Local residents are lashing out at the school board as parents become more fearful than ever when it comes to opening schools back up. Thankfully, other school systems can learn from this mistake.

The importance of protecting after disinfecting

You’ll be hard pressed to find a disinfectant that dries in under five minutes. If you’re having teachers clean in between classes, it simply won’t have time to dry. The best solution is a product that disinfects and continues to protect, eliminating the need for constant reapplication. Thankfully, Shield 88 is designed with your situation in mind. 

Shield 88 is a unique disinfectant that has been trusted by hospitals to kill viruses, bacteria, mold, fungus, and mildew, and continue to protect surfaces for up to 88 days. This water-based 2-in-1 disinfectant will only need to be reapplied four times per year. Compared to the 8 times per day that most teachers are needing to apply their disinfectant, this will save you an insurmountable amount of time and money.

While Shield 88 does require 10 minutes to fully dry, it can be applied before or after the school day in order to allow for the proper dry time. Offer your students and teachers peace of mind when opening schools back up by disinfecting with one of the best products on the market. Contact Quality Face Wear today to request a quote!