The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for cleaning and disinfecting in schools and child care programs. This guidance is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for schools.

How COVID-19 spreads

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly spread by respiratory droplets. When someone infected with COVID-19 coughs or sneezes, respiratory droplets that contain the virus are expelled and can be breathed in by someone nearby. Although the virus cannot enter the body through the skin, the respiratory droplets carrying the virus can get into your airways or mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, or mouth to infect you. The virus can also be spread if you touch a surface contaminated with virus and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, although this is not the primary way the virus spreads.

Guidance for cleaning and disinfecting

Routine cleaning and disinfecting is key to maintaining a safe environment for faculty,
students, and staff.

Cleaning cloth face coverings and face shields

Cloth face coverings should be laundered as needed and changed if visibly soiled. The CDC provides guidance for the use and care...


Keep the same system to avoid contact between teachers, students, and staff.

When a student or staff member becomes ill

When a student or staff member develops any symptoms of illness consistent with
COVID-19 in a school or childcare setting:

General precautions for the cleaning staff after an ill student has been in your facility

The risk of getting COVID-19 from cleaning is low. The following are general precautions for cleaning staff, given that community transmission of COVID-19 is occurring:

Cleaning and disinfecting products

Use soap and water or another detergent to clean dirty items. Then, use a disinfectant.