School Business Affairs February 2021

12 FEBRUARY 2021 | SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS ANCILLARY SERVICES Green Cleaning Can Help Schools Safely Open Guidance for green cleaning, disinfecting, and working toward safe school re-opening. By Alicia Culver W ithout question, 2020 was a hard year for school districts, but we did learn about the virus that causes the COVID- 19, how it is transmitted, and steps schools can take to safely reopen. Although some school districts are reluctant to change their cleaning and disinfecting practices, others are seizing this opportunity to implement a green clean- ing program. Their goal is to ensure that cleaning and disinfecting products and procedures protect custodial workers, students, teachers, and other school building occupants from exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavi- rus that causes COVID-19) and other pathogens while avoiding products that contain chemicals known to cause asthma, cancer, or chemical burns. Unfortunately, many conventional cleaners and disin- fectants contain chemicals such as ammonia and bleach that are known to cause serious health problems. New or worsening asthma is of particular concern because, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control CAVAN/STOCK.ADOBE.COM