26 September 2023

Schools come clean with health and hygiene

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The Education Directorate has announced a strong focus on health and hygiene practices to accompany students’ return to on-campus learning at schools.

The Directorate said schools had stocked up on soap, hand sanitiser and paper towels and all students and staff would be regularly reminded to wash their hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

“Hand sanitiser will be available at prominent positions in every school,” the Directorate said.

“There will also be a focus on other hygiene measures including encouraging everyone to cough into elbows or a tissue, [and] placing used tissues in bins,” it said.

“[Other hygiene measures included] avoiding touching eyes, noses or mouths, no sharing food or drink, not using water fountains or bubblers directly, as well as hygiene measures in the preparation of food products.”

The Directorate said physical distancing measures would be implemented for adults in ACT public schools.

It said physical distancing measures would include limiting assemblies; events; excursions; and some physical education programs.

“This may also involve separating these activities into single grades or classes depending on the size of the school,” it said.

The Directorate said cleaning services would be extended to deliver dedicated hygiene cleaning activities during each school day and an updated cleaning plan would be in place prior to resumption of face-to-face learning.

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