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A Message from the Superintendent Regarding COVID-19; Update #5


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March 9, 2020

Dear Families and Staff:

As you know, news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is constantly changing and emerging, which is worrisome to our all communities including our own. The Belmont School Department recently emailed you to inform you of plans to disinfect and sanitize high-touch surfaces in all of our schools with hospital-grade equipment.  This is done in an abundance of caution as an extension of our deep cleaning efforts and flu season disinfection plan to help reduce the spread of a number of problematic pathogens in hard to reach places.

The District purchased two disinfecting and sanitizing machines to treat all the high-touch points within the schools.  The equipment and solutions are commonly used in hospitals where there are both medically compromised patients and pathogens. This speaks to the product safety and effectiveness (99.9 percent of bacteria will be eradicated) given the areas and population served.

We want to address your concerns and questions. Please read the FAQs below:

How quickly does the equipment work to sanitize and disinfect?

The manufacturer states 99.9 percent of bacteria will be eradicated in seconds. Common cold and flu viruses, MRSA, norovirus and similar pathogens will be eradicated in minutes.

What machines are being used?

The hospital-grade equipment used are: The Clorox T360, and the Geneon mister.

These machines will create a very limited area fog as directed by the operator.  The Clorox machine will be used in the classrooms and the Geneon in the stairwells.  We will have two consistent operators who have been trained and know best practices.

When will the schools be done?

The schools will be done at night on a rotating basis beginning Monday, March 9.

What is the impact on plants and fish or other animals that may be in the classrooms?

Plants will not be directly fogged so there is no impact to them. Fish tanks will be temporarily covered, animals that can be moved will be taken out of the room while being fogged and returned in approximately 30 minutes.

What about contact with food?

Food in classrooms should be put away.

Will there be a lingering odor?

There will be a mild smell for a few minutes until the disinfectant dries, there will be no residual odor once it dries. There will be no lingering effect for the start of school the next day.

The Belmont Health Department, Town departments, and the School Department will remain in close communication with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health/School Health Unit, and other city agencies involved in emergency preparedness.

Please contact your healthcare provider for all medical emergencies and health related concerns.  All other questions may be directed to the Belmont Health Department at (617) 993-2720.

Respectfully,

Belmont Health Department, Wesley Chin Director

Belmont Facilities Department, Steve Dorrance Director

Belmont School Department, John P. Phelan Superintendent






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