Overview of the Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol

Overview of the Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol

Overview of the Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol

Below is a reminder of the HPS cleaning and disinfecting protocol that we have implemented this school year as part of our Return-to-Learn plan. In addition, we have included a breakdown of the procedures our custodial teams use and additional Frequently Asked Questions.

In accordance with the Federal, State and City guidance, HPS added a disinfecting protocol to the regular cleaning schedule. The scheduled daily cleaning included the cleaning of floors, bathroom, tables, emptying of trash receptacles, refilling of soap dispensers and other related tasks. The added disinfecting protocol includes the following tasks:

  • Bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected 3x per day. Twice during the school day and once after school hours.
  • “High touch areas” are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.  These areas include door-knobs/panels, light switches, handrails, and countertops.
  • Student desks are disinfected 1x per day
  • Cafeteria tables are disinfected after use


The table below outlines the general procedures followed by custodial teams. Each school has a cleaning schedule on file that is developed by custodial supervisors and head custodians, in consultation with school administrators.



Q:  What are the cleaning and disinfecting procedures followed when there is a positive COVID case reported in a building?

A:  If a person who has tested positive occupied the building, areas identified through the contact tracing investigation are re-addressed along with disinfecting of all high touch point areas. The school-based COVID Response team, which includes the Head Custodian develops the cleaning schedule for impacted areas.


Q:  What additional cleaning measures are taken when buildings are not fully occupied on half days or are closed?

A:  Reduced capacity in buildings allows for additional areas to be cleaned and disinfected, and for non-daily maintenance tasks to be completed. The regular daily cleaning schedule is completed including disinfecting of bathrooms, students’ desks, tables and touch point areas throughout the entire building. The additional areas to be cleaned and disinfected are selected and prioritized based on the usage of space at each school. Additionally, maintenance tasks such as polish floors, replacement of light bulbs/ceiling tiles, and caring of outdoor grounds are also completed to ensure the overall upkeep of the facility is maintained.


Q:  Who is responsible for cleaning areas/items used by teachers and students during the school day?

A:  Cleaning and disinfecting products are available in all occupied classrooms. In an effort to support the health and wellness of the entire school community, all are asked to participate, to the extent comfortable, in cleaning activities that maintain healthy environments. Provided guidance on usage calls for adults to have access to disinfect spray/towels and students have access to sanitizing wipes. PPE items such as gloves, masks, face shields are available in all schools and can be requested at any time.


Q:  If the CDC recommends using an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, why were Afia Alcohol-free Foaming Hand Sanitizer dispensers installed in hallways of buildings.

A:  Per CDC guidance, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is available in classrooms and common areas throughout all buildings to be used when soap and water is not easily accessible.

AFIA dispensers were installed in hallways to supplement regular handwashing.  The sanitizer is formulated to destroy germs quickly and is non-flammable.  These properties align with efforts to maintain safe and healthy environments by providing an additional safety measure to handwashing.