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Betco Best Practices: Maintaining Healthy School Environments

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NEW 3-Part Webinar Series

Recommended procedures and processes are combined with CDC guidelines and examples of their practical application and implementation to help educational facilities safely and successfully continue on-campus learning.

Part 1

Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

Students in close contact at school

From preventative screening to face coverings, learn which behaviors are essential to minimizing transmission and exactly how to promote them among students and staff. 

Part 2

Maintaining Healthy Environments

Students in masks in classroom

Discover the proper procedures and processes utilized by real school districts to clean and disinfect, limit opportunities for virus spread, physically reconfigure spaces, and much more.

Part 3

Maintaining Healthy Operations

School doors with COVID notices

Determine policies and best practices regarding communication of sensitive information, interactions among the entire school community, and infection response. 

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Turnkey 5-Step Disinfection Guide

Door handle being disinfected

Smart Tools Enhanced Facility Disinfection Program combines evidence-based infection control strategies supported by agencies that include the CDC, EPA, FDA, and GBAC.

Get your game plan with tactics to put the minds of facility leadership and occupants at ease.

View Our Enhanced Facility Disinfection Program 

EPA-Approved List N Disinfectants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided List N, which identifies recommended and approved disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, through the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. EPA registration numbers for the following Betco® products appear on the list.

To match your operational needs, the list includes ready-to-use (RTU) products in both trigger and aerosol options as well as a number of dilutable concentrates:

Step 2 List of Disinfectant Products

Floor Care Disinfectant

Recommended for use on VCT, LVT, or other non-porous coated floor types.

  • Use an EPA registered disinfectant from EPA List N
  • Use the correct dilution ratio as per manufacturer’s directions.
  • Apply the disinfectant solution to the floor with an automatic scrubber or mop and bucket.  WAIT the appropriate time as directed by the disinfectant label.
  • AFTER prescribed dwell time, pick up excess solution with automatic scrubber, vacuum or mop and dispose of used solution.
  • Clean out your automatic scrubber or mop bucket and let it air dry after disinfecting the floor.


Clean Hands Save Lives

Washing Hands

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

  • 80% of all infections are transmitted by hands
  • Hand washing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 20%

Hands are the most exposed part of the body to germs. Touching the eyes, mouth, nose or food transfers the germs into the body. Common ways germs are spread:

  • Hands to food
  • Food to hands to food
  • Infected child to hands to other children
  • Animals to people

Hand Hygiene Steps

Hand Washing Steps

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Hand Sanitizer Steps

  • Apply the gel or foam product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).

  • Rub your hands together.

  • Rub the gel over all the surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. This should take around 8 seconds.