These plans are based on federal, state, and local regulations and guidance that we have at this time, as well as public health recommendations. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, they are subject to change by the time our community returns to campus.
Specific questions about cleaning protocol can be directed to Gary Goss at email@example.com.
ROUTINE CLEANING OF CAMPUS SPACES
Classrooms will be stocked with paper towels and disinfectants. Much like supermarkets provide cleaning supplies so customers can wipe down their shopping carts before use, we will be asking our community to do the same before they use their desks, etc.
Classrooms will be cleaned many times throughout the day. Just like last academic year, faculty and students will be asked to clean/wipe down their personal spaces to help keep classrooms clean during the day. During the evening time after classes are completed, second-shift and third-shift cleaning crews will continue mopping, wiping down surfaces, and removing trash. On an as-needed basis, the high-traffic buildings and classroom spaces around campus will be spray sanitized using a sanitizing machine by specially trained staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). The sanitizing machines use electrostatic technology to sanitize hard-to-reach surfaces, including the backs and undersides of chairs, desks and teaching stations, and any soft surfaces removing bacteria and viruses in two minutes or fewer.
The sanitizing machines will be used to clean all residence halls before students move in.
Commonly touched items in buildings will be cleaned multiple times a day.
As has always been the case, students in the residence halls will be responsible for cleaning their own rooms. General sanitization, including high-touch areas, will be conducted daily by the cleaning staff that is assigned to each residential building.
CLEANING PRODUCTS AND PROTECTIVE ITEMS
Plexiglas guards may be used in high-traffic areas where there is student interaction.
Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout campus and a supply of disinfecting wipes will be placed in each classroom and department. These wipes can be used at any time to supplement the extra-frequency cleaning that takes place by Facilities staff. The Facilities Department monitors and refills these stations.
Regarding the HVAC systems in our buildings, air filters within the air system of Albertus Hall – and all other spaces around campus – have been upgraded and changed by the HVAC department within Facilities. A standard-level of filtration would utilize MERV8 filters. We are now using MERV10, MERV11, and in some cases, MERV12 and MERV13 filters. It is important to remember that, according to the CDC, “By themselves, HVAC filters are not enough to protect people from the virus that causes COVID-19, however, when used along with other best practices recommended by the CDC, upgraded filtration can be part of a plan to protect people indoors.” Facilities is also going to again continue the increase of outdoor air intake of the air systems from a normal 10% to the 20% to 25% range.
All products used for sanitization and disinfection purposes are EPA approved and will eradicate COVID-19.
Staff will follow all OSHA, CDC, NYS, and local agency COVID protection recommended directives (gloves, face masks, and Tyvek coverings, etc.) when they are cleaning and disinfecting.
Training has been provided for employees responsible for cleaning and sanitizing by both custodial management and the cleaning product suppliers.