Many of us are now hyperaware (almost to the point of bacillophobia) of cleaning often-used equipment surfaces in the education sector. One educator summarizes the covid-cleaning predicament in schools and universities in this way:
“The problem with the virus is that it is invisible and so people tend to over-sanitize, taking up the mindset that the surfaces are [always] infected”.
In order to understand the depths of concern about this hygiene issue at the grassroots level in schools, let’s use some examples from a recent educational discussion forum recently playing out in Ireland.
Here are some of the key questions emerging, paraphrased here, but expressed by actual teachers:
- Is it enough for children to wash hands or disinfect hands before and after using the laptop or iPad?
- Is it okay to use sprays on digital equipment?
- How can we make this process less cumbersome?
- Must we turn devices off when cleaning them?
- How can we get a lab of devices ready for the next class?
- Are protective keyboard covers worth the investment?
- What vendors are you using for cleaning materials?
- Don’t we have any national disinfecting standards to follow?
You can tell by the last question that it’s a jungle out there, with classroom teachers/professors largely left on their own to solve this in any way they can.