Guidance for Cleaning Schools During Novel Coronavirus (COVID19) Outbreak
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a COVID-19 website, which includes a list of disinfectants approved to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) frequently update its guidance on cleaning as well.
Included here is a flowchart (Page 2) from the Healthy Schools Act that can assist in determining which products to use. If the product is a disinfectant, it is exempt from the notification, posting, reporting and Integrated Pest Management requirements, but the training requirements are still in effect.
Only properly trained staff should conduct the cleaning operations to be compliant with California state law. Under no circumstances should cleaning or disinfecting be assigned to students.
Each product will differ in its requirements for personal protective equipment, but those requirements should be followed. For example, if the package of disinfecting wipes says that the user should wear gloves, provide disposable or reusable rubber gloves to all staff using the wipes. Hand sanitizers and antimicrobial soaps are also exempt from these regulations. This fact sheet may be useful in explaining the difference.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released cleaning and disinfection recommendations for schools and community organizations. Please note that some procedures recommended by the CDC involve methods or products that do not meet the California Healthy Schools Act.
Also available from the CDC is general guidance for schools for the prevention of infectious disease transmission.
Below is the flowchart, list of exempt active ingredients, and list of exempt inert (inactive) ingredients.
General Information on COVID-19/Sanitizing