Safety and Cleaning
With the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our planning, Drew is implementing new safety and cleaning measures on campus. In considering approaches to COVID-related building management & safety our strategies are categorized in two ways: measures for the built environment as well as systems and behaviors that must be implemented or changed for safety.
Please remember that regardless of whether you have contracted COVID-19 in the past or not, the virus is highly contagious. Mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing are still advised by the CDC as several of the best preventive measures to stop the spread of the virus.
Our current procedures and plans exceed both Atlanta Public Schools recommendations and CDC guidelines. Drew has made a significant investment in state of the art Electrostatic Disinfectant Sprayers that will be used in each facility daily. Additionally, COVID-19 testing of facility surfaces and air vents will occur proactively on a regular basis.
Electrostatic disinfectant sprayers will be used to treat communal restrooms twice during the school day in addition to receiving regular attention from custodial staff. Classrooms will be disinfected nightly. High Touch areas, like entrance doors and door handles, will be cleaned periodically during the day. Nightly cleaning and sanitizing will also occur. Sanitation Carrels with spray disinfectant and alcohol wipes are present in each classroom to allow for periodic additional cleaning during the day.
We are following CDC, EPA and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) recommendations with regard to air filtration and fresh air circulation. To improve our buildings’ air filtration and fresh air circulation, we have installed higher rated air filters throughout our campus buildings. Specifically, we have increased our air filters from a level 8 to level 11. We have also added pre-filters to units that can accommodate this modification. The HVAC system at the Elementary Academy has new roof top units, which were replaced this past summer. At the JA/SA campus, CO2 sensors, that help control fresh air flow have been replaced. All of our HVAC systems will run on occupied mode 24 hours a day so that fresh air is circulated constantly.
We understand that we must all rethink how we work, interact and serve students to maintain social distancing. With this in mind, we are taking the following steps:
- Reception counters, teachers with assigned desks and individual offices that serve children will have a plexiglass desk shield.
- Floor stickers and distancing signage will be posted throughout the building, and staff will monitor student movement between classes.
- Classrooms will be set up to maintain 36 square feet of space per student. The only exception is Pre-K classes where the students will sit at group tables with plastic dividers.
- Traffic patterns in hallways have one-way loops, and stairwells have been designated as one-way up or down.