Maintaining Healthy Environments
DePaul Prep will implement the following strategies to maintain healthy environments across our campus:
Cleaning and Disinfection
Our on site cleaning contractor is dedicated to keeping the DePaul Prep campus as healthy and clean as possible. Our strategy will include 2 shifts of cleaning performed -- the day shift and the evening shift. This will ensure that the cleanliness of the campus will be attended to for a good portion of each day, while the school community is in and out of the facility.
- The day shift revolves around a strategy of high touch cleaning, using "TB Cide Quat", "BNC 15" or other EPA approved disinfectant on all of the surfaces to be cleaned. The day shift crew focuses on disinfecting and sanitizing all high touch areas such as railings, counters, tables, door hardware, etc. The day shift crew will be wearing PPE, and will be present during the school day, while faculty and students are present.
- The evening shift comes in post-school day, while faculty and students are gone for the day, for a deeper/more-thorough cleaning process that focuses on sanitizing and disinfecting all areas (high and low touch) of the school. This team will also use TB Cide Quat disinfectant as its main cleaning agent.This focus of this shift will also include deep cleaning and disinfecting of floors as well.
- For both shifts, there is an increased awareness of high touch areas such as light switches, handrails, elevator buttons, door hardware, faucets, telephones, desks, remotes and keyboards.
The disinfecting product in reference above (TB-Cide Quat) is a ready-to-use, intermediate level, one step cleaner and disinfectant for use in hospitals, nursing homes and schools where infection control is of prime importance. TB-Cide Quat is effective against MRSA, CA-MRSA, VRE, Canine Parvovirus, Norwalk Virus and Coronavirus / COVID-19. TB-Cide Quat is on the CDC (and EPA) list of approved cleaning agents to use against COVID-19.
Students and teachers will use materials provided by CA Strata to clean tables and chairs at which students sit in class at the end of each period. In doing so, table areas and chairs will be clean for the incoming class.
Along with our day to day strategy, our team is keeping abreast of any "new best practices" in the cleaning industry that we can add to our cleaning approach at DePaul Prep.
Ventilation and Air Handling
Our on-site campus management staff from CA Strata and Atomatic Mechanical Services, the HVAC mechanical contractors we employ, understand the importance of the HVAC/ventilation system in our school. Our team consists of highly qualified, licensed and knowledgeable HVAC engineers and contractors who are experienced in operating the HVAC systems at the DePaul Prep campus. In addition to regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance, they will include the following practices in our response to COVID-19:
- Replacing belts in systems to keep blower and exhaust motors running for proper air circulation.
- Increased servicing, cleaning and maintenance of exhaust fans.
- Increased cleaning of condensate pans.
- Increased cleaning of evaporator coils.
- Increased cleaning of condenser coils.
- Increase the intake of outside air into our HVAC systems.
- Utilization of higher efficiency filters where applicable, with guidance from NAFA (National Air Filtration Association)
- Implement an aggressive filter changing schedule. There are over 100 filters in the HVAC systems at DePaul Prep, which will be changed on a frequent basis.
The main theme of the additional maintenance measures for the ventilation systems in response to COVID-19 is increased maintenance to achieve maximum air flow, increased and maximum filtration, increased outside air and a focus on keeping the equipment as clean as possible. In order to keep track of this extra maintenance, we are adding a work order notification software component to the facilities management communication platform to expedite and organize work orders and maintenance to be performed on these systems.
Drinking fountains will be cleaned and sanitized frequently, but we encourage faculty, staff and students to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains.
Students and employees will be asked to walk single file and on the right in all hallways and wherever possible, to maintain a 6 foot distance. Directional signage will be hung to alert students and faculty to proper pathways to use.
When space allows, seating/desks will be 6 feet apart. In cases where 6 feet is not possible, efforts will be for students to be at least 3 feet apart from each other.
- Tables and desks will face in the same direction (rather than facing each other), or have students sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.
- Teachers will keep a seating chart for each of their class periods so that it is easy to trace who sits in close proximity to each other in the event that contact tracing is necessary
Faculty are encouraged to work in various spaces around the building that allow for social distancing if faculty offices have more than 2 people present in them.
Elevators will not be available for staff or students without special permission for medical reasons and will only be used by 2 people at a time.
Furniture in this space will be arranged to allow for proper social distancing. Student use of the Commons will be monitored by Administration and Security to ensure adherence to social distancing.