Keeping Covid at bay in schools

The issue of education has been one of the hottest topics of the coronavirus pandemic so far.  From primary school right up to higher education, students have missed out on months of face-to-face learning and parents have repeatedly been left to juggle home working alongside home schooling their children due to school closures.

In the early weeks of the pandemic, initial reluctance to close schools at all quickly gave way to the dawning realisation that schools have a significant role to play in viral transmission.  Following the second national lockdown, schools have reopened with much more robust measures in place, including routine testing to root out asymptomatic cases of Covid.

School age children are not yet eligible for vaccination unless they are identified as clinically vulnerable.  Therefore, even with safety measures in place, bringing hundreds or even thousands of young people together under one roof carries a risk of some children catching the virus – and large numbers of others being sent back home to self-isolate, causing further upheaval for teachers, children and parents alike.

So what can be done?

Robust action from schools is essential to keeping Covid transmission low.  Individual schools have moved to minimise outbreaks using a range of measures, including regular testing, temperature checks, social distancing, class ‘bubbles’ and staggered drop off/collection times.  In addition to these practical measures, disinfection of the school building is a powerful way all schools can reduce cross-infection risk.

Like any busy environment, a typical school provides SARS-Cov-2 with lots of places to hide, from handrails and door handles to computer keyboards and cafeteria tables.  It’s vital that these surfaces are disinfected at regular intervals throughout the school day without disrupting teaching and learning activities.  For this to happen, speed and safety of disinfection are paramount.

The majority of schools have been relying on laborious manual cleaning to try and stay on top of the infection risk, using conventional trigger sprays and wiping down surfaces throughout the day.  

Some have invested in fogging equipment that enables them to decontaminate their interiors more easily – but with a long exclusion time of six hours, this technology can only be used after students have gone home, and does little to prevent cross-infection during school hours.

Ramsol makes it quick and easy for schools to conduct a programme of frequent, thorough disinfection that’s practical for use throughout the school day, particularly at key times and locations such as after break and lunch times, or around main entrance and exits and shared sports facilities.

Hygiene anywhere, any time

Ramsol is a highly effective virucidal and bactericidal disinfectant applied using a pressurised canister system that delivers a continuous spray onto surfaces.  Its alcohol-free formula is suitable for use on both hard and soft surfaces, and doesn’t need to be wiped off – simply spray and leave to kill 99.999% of pathogens.  

Ramsol’s spray density has been carefully engineered to 20 microns, which is light enough to give excellent surface coverage and penetrate into cracks and crevices, but heavy enough to fall out of suspension in around 10 minutes.  This means that unlike fogging, Ramsol doesn’t require a long exclusion time after use, and this means it can be safely used during school hours – for instance, to disinfect classrooms between periods, or to sanitise gym equipment after use.

Ramsol is also fully portable with no power supply required.  The 22-litre canister delivers up to 1000m2 of coverage and can be mounted on a handy wheeled trolley for ease of use.  There are no trailing leads to pose a trip hazard, and there’s no need to recharge the system, so it’s always ready for use.  

Ramsol is also available in 500ml cans, which are ideal for staff to use on desks and chairs if they need to move between classrooms, or simply for on-the-spot hygiene wherever required.  

With several key BS EN validations including BS EN 14476, BS EN 1276 and BS EN 1650, Ramsol offers proven performance that’s safe to use anywhere.  It’s 100% non-flammable, and approved for use in food preparation areas, which makes it a truly versatile solution for hygiene that can be used everywhere from the canteen to the science lab.  You don’t need a maths A-level to know that this adds up to faster, easier hygiene, which is exactly what schools need to stay on top of SARS-CoV-2 and make sure students get the education they deserve as we continue to emerge from this pandemic.

To find out more about Ramsol and how it could simplify disinfection in your school or college, get in touch.